Knowing Achievements

Philosophy 91 (3):361-374 (2016)

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Alexander Stathopoulos
University of St. Andrews (PhD)
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Anscombe claims that whenever a subject is doing something intentionally, this subject knows that they are doing it. This essay defends Anscombe's claim from an influential set of counterexamples, due to Davidson. It argues that Davidson's counterexamples are tacit appeals to an argument, on which knowledge can't be essential to doing something intentionally, because some things that can be done intentionally require knowledge of future successes, and because such knowledge can't ever be guaranteed when someone is doing something intentionally. The essay argues that there are apparently sensible grounds for denying each of these two premises.
Keywords Intentional Action  Knowledge of Action  Achievements  Elizabeth Anscombe  Donald Davidson  Alexander Mourelatos  Michael Thompson  Jennifer Hornsby
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DOI 10.1017/S0031819116000073
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