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John Hyman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198735779

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198735779.001.0001

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Acts and Events

Acts and Events

(p.54) 3 Acts and Events
Action, Knowledge, and Will

John Hyman

Oxford University Press

This chapter criticizes the doctrine that a physical act is a bodily movement, or alternatively an event that causes a movement. To raise one’s arm is to cause one’s arm to rise. The act is the agent’s causing of the motion, and the causing of the motion cannot be identical with the motion caused. Nor can it be identical with the cause of the motion, since a causing is not a cause. The chapter also discusses the individuation, and categorization of acts, and criticizes Davidson’s argument for holding that the verb ‘killed’ in ‘Brutus killed Caesar’ expresses a triadic relation between Brutus, Caesar, and an event.

Keywords:   act, event, causation, adverb, logical form, relation

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