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Actions as Inner Causes

Paul M. Pietroski

in Causing Actions

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780199252763
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598234 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199252769.003.0002
Actions as Inner Causes

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Actions are mental events (tryings, volitions) that typically cause bodily motions. This is strongly suggested by the semantics of causative constructions, like ‘She raised her hand’, which require event analyses (and appeal to thematic roles). Objections to this view can be rebutted, while a range of intuitions about the individuation of actions are preserved, given the right conception of actions and action sentences.

Keywords: actions; causation; causatives; causes; event analysis; events; individuation; thematic roles; tryings; volition

Chapter.  16911 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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