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Lucy O'Brien

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199261482

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261482.001.0001

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What are Actions?

What are Actions?

(p.129) 8 What are Actions?
Self-Knowing Agents

Lucy O'Brien (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter focuses on the essential elements of an account that must be in place for the consequent discussion of self knowledge to be intelligible. It sets out the bare bones of an account of actions that takes them to be, at the personal level, primitive psychological phenomena. It articulates a view of actions that denies that they are composable into more primitive personal-level psychological events, such as intentions, willings or trying, and movements of the body. In short, the chapter's main goal is to do little more than make the view of actions assumed in Chapter 9 seem a possible, and not obviously unreasonable, view.

Keywords:   primitive, unity, tryings, self knowledge, account of actions, intentions, willings, trying

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