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Thought in ActionExpertise and the Conscious Mind$
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Barbara Gail Montero

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199596775

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596775.001.0001

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You Can’t Try Too Hard

You Can’t Try Too Hard

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(p.146) 7 You Can’t Try Too Hard
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Thought in Action
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Barbara Gail Montero

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596775.003.0008

What is the role of effort in expert action? Beginning with a discussion of work by the philosophers Brian O’Shaughnessy, Jennifer Hornsby, and Robert Hanna and Michelle Maiese, who hold that trying is essential to all our intentional actions, this chapter goes on to distinguish the various ways that trying or the closely related phenomenon of effort occurs in actions, and then identifies the forms of trying that would reasonably occur in expert action. As consciously trying to do something, rather than just doing it, is effortful, expert action, it is argued (since it involves trying) is effortful. Moreover, though most of the book focuses on professional-level expert actions, this chapter also addresses an assumption about our social interactions, namely, that in one’s quest to find a mate, trying isn’t sexy.

Keywords:   trying, effort, intentional action, expertise, Brian O’Shaughnessy, Jennifer Hornsby, Robert Hanna, Michelle Maiese, social interactions

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