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Causing Human ActionsNew Perspectives on the Causal Theory of Action$
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Jesús H. Aguilar and Andrei A. Buckareff

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014564

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014564.001.0001

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The Standard Story of Action : An Exchange (1)

The Standard Story of Action : An Exchange (1)

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Causing Human Actions

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This chapter begins by identifying putative action that an agent performed by tracing its effects back to some bodily movement. This bodily movement has to be one that can be considered a basic action, i.e. one that the agent knows how to perform, and it further has to be the case that his knowledge on how to perform it is not explained by his knowledge of how to do something else. It must then be established if the agent acted by seeing if this bodily movement was caused and rationalized in the right kind of way by a desire and a belief the agent had that something he or she can do has some suitable chance of affecting things the way he or she desires them to be. If so, then that bodily movement is an action; if not, then it is not.

Keywords:   putative action, bodily movement, basic action, desire, belief

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