Philosophy Compass 12 (9):e12435 (2017)

Santiago Amaya
University of the Andes
In this article, I examine recent debates concerning the existence and the nature of basic actions. The discussion is structured around four theses, with which Arthur Danto introduced basic actions to contemporary theorists. The theses concern (i) the relationship between agency and causality, (ii) the distinction between basic and complex actions, (iii) the regress argument for basic actions, and (iv) the structure of practical knowledge in the light of these actions.
Keywords Basic actions  Metaphysics of agency
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DOI 10.1111/phc3.12435
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