Rationalizing flow: agency in skilled unreflective action

Philosophical Studies 168 (2):545-568 (2014)

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Michael Brownstein
John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY)
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In recent work, Peter Railton, Julia Annas, and David Velleman aim to reconcile the phenomenon of “flow”—broadly understood as describing the “unreflective” aspect of skilled action—with one or another familiar conception of agency. While there are important differences between their arguments, Railton, Annas, and Velleman all make, or are committed to, at least one similar pivotal claim. Each argues, directly or indirectly, that agents who perform skilled unreflective actions can, in principle, accurately answer “Anscombean” questions—”what” and “why” questions— about what they do. I argue against this claim and explore the ramifications for theories of skilled action and agency
Keywords Agency  Skilled action  Flow  Expertise  Nondeliberative action  Self-awareness
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-013-0143-5
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