David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Mind 107 (425):73-111 (1998)
The event analysis of action sentences seems to be at odds with plausible (Davidsonian) views about how to count actions. If Booth pulled a certain trigger, and thereby shot Lincoln, there is good reason for identifying Booths' action of pulling the trigger with his action of shooting Lincoln; but given truth conditions of certain sentences involving adjuncts, the event analysis requires that the pulling and the shooting be distinct events. So I propose that event sortals like 'shooting' and 'pulling' are true of complex events that have actions (and various effects of actions) as parts. Combining this view with some facts about so-called causative verbs, I then argue that paradigmatic actions are best viewed as tryings, where tryings are taken to be intentionally characterized events that typically cause peripheral bodily motions. The proposal turns on a certain conception of what it is to be the Agent of an event; and I conclude by elaborating this conception in the context of some recent discussions about the relation of thematic roles to grammatical categories.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Dustin Stokes (2011). Minimally Creative Thought. Metaphilosophy 42 (5):658-681.
Joshua Stuchlik (2013). From Volitionalism to the Dual Aspect Theory of Action. Philosophia 41 (3):867-886.
Kent Johnson (2007). Tacit and Accessible Understanding of Language. Synthese 156 (2):253 - 279.
Similar books and articles
Adrian Haddock (2005). At One with Our Actions, but at Two with Our Bodies. Philosophical Explorations 8 (2):157 – 172.
Michael J. Zimmerman (1995). Actions and Events. Journal of Philosophical Research 20:585-594.
Ralf Stoecker (1998). Tun Und Lassen – Überlegungen Zur Ontologie Menschlichen Handelns. Erkenntnis 48 (2-3):395-413.
Maria Alvarez & John Hyman (1998). Agents and Their Actions. Philosophy 73 (2):219-245.
Ted Honderich (1984). III. Actions and Psychophysical Intimacy. Inquiry 27 (1-4):143-145.
Markus E. Schlosser (2007). The Metaphysics of Agency. Dissertation, St. Andrews
David Pineda (2003). Synchronous Events in by-Sentences. Theoria 18 (3):351-357.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads13 ( #129,849 of 1,140,107 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #62,159 of 1,140,107 )
How can I increase my downloads?