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Making Objects and EventsA Hylomorphic Theory of Artifacts, Actions, and Organisms$
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Simon J. Evnine

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198779674

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198779674.001.0001

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Actions as Artifacts

Actions as Artifacts

(p.207) 7 Actions as Artifacts
Making Objects and Events

Simon J. Evnine

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The final chapter argues that intentional actions are themselves artifacts—artifactual events rather than artifactual objects. After some discussion of hylomorphic treatments of actions and events in general, an account of actions is proposed that draws from Donald Davidson, Jaegwon Kim, Alvin Goldman, and Kit Fine. On this view, actions are made out of the actions by which they are performed (that is, to which they are related by the by-relation) and ultimately out of bodily movements. This making out of resembles the making of artifactual objects out of their matter. An account of the existence and identity conditions of actions modeled on the account given for artifactual objects is developed. Basic actions and unintentional actions are discussed.

Keywords:   Donald Davidson, Jaegwon Kim, Alvin Goldman, Kit Fine, action, basic action, by-relation, bodily movements, events, intentional action

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