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The Metaphysics of Complex Actions II: The Identity of Complex Actions With Basic Acts

Michael S. Moore

in Act and Crime

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199599509
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594656 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599509.003.0011
The Metaphysics of Complex Actions II: The Identity of Complex Actions With Basic Acts

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The reason all complex actions ‘involve’ some basic act (see chapter 10, preceding), is because all complex actions simply are such basic actions of willed bodily movements. The chapter thus defends the Nineteenth Century views of Austin and Holmes, that human actions are always willed bodily movements, ‘and nothing else.’ On the merits this metaphysical view is defended against the many ordinary language oddities that it seemingly produces.

Keywords: location of acts; time of acts; essence of acts; identity of acts; complex acts; basic acts

Chapter.  9087 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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