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Knowledge of Actions and Tryings<sup>1</sup>

Lucy O’Brien

in The Self and Self-Knowledge

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199590650
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741043 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590650.003.0008
Knowledge of Actions and Tryings1

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This paper is concerned with the extent to which an appeal to trying is helpful in explaining our knowledge of our actions. It considers two models for knowing our actions that centre on tryings, and argues that, if we allow that there are mental actions, there are problems with both models. So, if we hope to give an account of our knowledge of our actions which is uniform across mental and physical cases, we have reason to avoid appealing to tryings in our attempt to do so.

Keywords: knowledge of action; tryings; mental actions; Peacocke; O’Shaughnessy; action awareness; disjunctivism

Chapter.  8790 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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