Ginet on the Problem of Action Externalization

Philosophia 40 (4):841-855 (2012)
Two questions have been discussed within the context of the action individuation debate. First, the question of action individuation proper - how many actions have been performed when one kills someone by shooting, for example. Second, the question of action externalization - what are the spatial and temporal boundaries of the killing and of the shooting. The internalists (Davidson, Hornsby) argue that the boundaries of actions do not reach beyond the skin of the individual. The externalists (e.g. Ginet) argue that the boundaries of actions do extend beyond the individual. The main problem for the externalists is to explain why so conceived actions are actions. In the paper I evaluate Ginet’s response to this question but find it ultimately unsatisfactory
Keywords Action theory  Action individuation  Temporal problem  Action internalism  Action externalism  Ginet
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DOI 10.1007/s11406-012-9378-1
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