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Term due to P. T. Geach for the view (which he attacked: see Frege-Geach argument) that in asserting that someone was responsible for an act we are not describing the causal antecedents of the act, but rather taking up a stance towards the act and the agent, such as expressing preparedness to hold the agent to some kind of account. The view is parallel to varieties of non-cognitivism in ethics.

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