Action and Existence: A Case for Agent Causation by J. Swindal

By J. Swindal

Because the pioneering paintings of Donald Davidson on motion, many philosophers have taken severe stances on his causal account. This e-book criticizes Davidson's event-causal view of motion, and provides in its place an agent causal view either to explain what an motion is and to set a framework for a way activities are defined.

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Action and Existence: A Case for Agent Causation

Because the pioneering paintings of Donald Davidson on motion, many philosophers have taken severe stances on his causal account. This e-book criticizes Davidson's event-causal view of motion, and provides as a substitute an agent causal view either to explain what an motion is and to set a framework for the way activities are defined.

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Even Methodology: Reconstructive Dialectics 35 though we have no insight into its possibility, it limits sensibility. 19 1. 20 How exactly does this reflection function? Though ordinary language does refer to these various acts of reflection, it does not refer to the philosophical reflection with which we shall be concerned. This philosophical reflection actually has a fairly specific lineage, whence most of these other usages derive. In what follows I shall lay out a crucial segment of this lineage, specifically as it emerged in German philosophy in the relatively brief period from Kant to Hegel.

2 Methodology: Reconstructive Dialectics Dialectic is one of those ancient sciences that have been most misunderstood in the metaphysics of the moderns, as well as by popular philosophy in general. ’ It would be best, perhaps, not to use it at all. ” A proper philosophical analysis provides a complete and consistent systematization of concepts for the description and explanation of things (objects) and their modifications over time. 1 My suggestion will be that the resolution of some of the quandaries about action theory can be addressed by a dialectical analysis how action concepts relate to means and ends.

What thus distinguishes it from mere behavior, on the one hand, and simply habit or disposition, on the other? Can we reflexively furnish a comprehensive and complete set of criteria for it? This chapter will consider some historical definitions of human action that preceded the development of the pragmatic views with which we began this study. In what follows, we shall examine some accounts of action in which the definition of action is only implicit. It would be desirable if we could isolate an exhaustive set of criteria for action.

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