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This issue is devoted to a single article that makes a contribution to one of the ongoing programs of this e-journal, which is to reduce philosophical issues to sociological issues. In the present instance, the idea of free will is reduced to the idea of intentions. It is possible to give a sociological account of intentions that is empirically accurate and avoids the linguistic dead ends that often occur when philosophers try to provide examples of what they mean that turn out to be unobservant of human behavior rather than evoking a paradox of human or existential life. Moreover, the idea of free will as a matter of intentions can be contrasted to something that is also a feature of human life, which is behavior that is conducted so as to be in accord with social norms. If free will and normative behavior are opposites, then free will is just another way of describing an actual human phenomenon in that it can be distinguished from another but related human phenomenon.
The purpose of this e-journal is to use in tandem the techniques of literary criticism and social structural analysis to illuminate American politics and the various institutions in American society and sometimes matters more global, like religion or war, by turning an eye on the events and objects and performances that are considered art and entertainment, those defined broadly enough to include whatever is covered in newspapers and other media. Another concern is to pick up the texture of social life, both in the United States and in general, through the analysis of those events, objects and performances that are to be found in everyday life.