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Free Will and Modern Science

Richard Swinburne (ed.)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780197264898
eISBN:
9780191754074
Item type:
book
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264898.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Do humans have a free choice of which actions to perform? Three recent developments of modern science can help us to answer this question. First, new investigative tools have enabled us to study the ... More


The Metaphysics of Basic Acts II: The Identity of Actions With Bodily Movements

Michael S. Moore

in Act and Crime: The Philosophy of Action and its Implications for Criminal Law

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199599509
eISBN:
9780191594656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599509.003.0005
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

A much-maligned thesis of the Nineteenth Century jurisprudence of Austin and Holmes was that all actions are essentially bodily movements of a certain kind. This is not a thesis about the law's ... More


The Metaphysics of Complex Actions I: The Dependence of Complex Actions on Basic Acts

Michael S. Moore

in Act and Crime: The Philosophy of Action and its Implications for Criminal Law

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199599509
eISBN:
9780191594656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599509.003.0010
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

The metaphysical question asked in this chapter is preliminary to the metaphysical question addressed in the succeeding chapter 11. In the latter chapter the issue is whether every complex action is ... More


More on Act and Crime

Michael Moore

in Placing Blame: A Theory of the Criminal Law

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199599493
eISBN:
9780191594649
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599493.003.0006
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law, Criminal Law and Criminology

Central to human agency and thus to moral responsibility is the idea of human action. An earlier book (Act and Crime) defended a version of a causal theory of action according to which all human ... More


Introduction: Varieties of Disjunctivism

Adrian Haddock and Fiona Macpherson

in Disjunctivism: Perception, Action, Knowledge

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199231546
eISBN:
9780191716126
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231546.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This introductory chapter argues that there are a number of different varieties of disjunctivism. But it is suggested that a mark of disjunctivism, in all of its varieties, is a refusal to credit a ... More


Action, Basic Action, and the ‘Act Requirement’

R. A. Duff

in Criminal Attempts

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198262688
eISBN:
9780191682384
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262688.003.0009
Subject:
Law, Criminal Law and Criminology, Philosophy of Law

This chapter examines the role of action and act requirement in determining liability in criminal attempts. It discusses some popular accounts of action to which subjectivists sometimes appeal and ... More


Acting, Willing, and Trying

R. A. Duff

in Criminal Attempts

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198262688
eISBN:
9780191682384
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262688.003.0010
Subject:
Law, Criminal Law and Criminology, Philosophy of Law

This chapter examines the role of volition in determining liability in criminal attempts. It discusses different types of volitions and provides a functionalist account alongside H.A. Prichard's ... More


To Dance Is to Connect

Kimerer L. LaMothe

in Why We Dance: A Philosophy of Bodily Becoming

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231171052
eISBN:
9780231538886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231171052.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter argues that to dance is to connect and challenges the materialist idea—inclined against dancing—that humans are individuals first and foremost who choose to enter into relationships our ... More


To Dance Is to Know

Kimerer L. LaMothe

in Why We Dance: A Philosophy of Bodily Becoming

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231171052
eISBN:
9780231538886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231171052.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter argues that to dance is to know by taking on the idea that knowledge about matter that matters can be written down. The commonplace ideas that matter is real and that matter evolves find ... More


Between Dancing and Writing: The Practice of Religious Studies

Kimerer L. LaMothe

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823224036
eISBN:
9780823236916
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823224036.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This book provides philosophical grounds for an emerging area of scholarship: the study of religion and dance. In the first part, the book investigates why scholars in religious ... More


To Dance Is to Evolve

Kimerer L. LaMothe

in Why We Dance: A Philosophy of Bodily Becoming

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231171052
eISBN:
9780231538886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231171052.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter argues that to dance is to evolve by taking on the idea that matter evolves. It discusses the use of evolution as a scientific explanation of why matter is what it is and why it has ... More


Desire in Action: Aristotle’s Move

David Charles

in Moral Psychology and Human Action in Aristotle

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199546541
eISBN:
9780191728600
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546541.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

When Aristotle's description of how the animal is moved in De Motu Animalium is considered in light of his discussion of passions ‘common to body and the soul’ in De Anima one is able to sketch in ... More


Renewed Questions about the Causal Theory of Action

Moore Michael S.

in Causing Human Actions: New Perspectives on the Causal Theory of Action

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262014564
eISBN:
9780262289139
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262014564.003.0020
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter goes into a detailed discussion of the causal theory of action (CTA) and attempts to address the questions that have arisen in recent years. In light of recent developments, the ... More


Agential Systems, Causal Deviance, and Reliability

H. Aguilar Jesús

in Causing Human Actions: New Perspectives on the Causal Theory of Action

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262014564
eISBN:
9780262289139
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262014564.003.0051
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter presents a plausible strategy, grounded on the proposal that the bodily movement corresponding to an action must be sensitive to the content of the mental state that causes it, for ... More


Actions as Artifacts

Simon J. Evnine

in Making Objects and Events: A Hylomorphic Theory of Artifacts, Actions, and Organisms

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780198779674
eISBN:
9780191825989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198779674.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The final chapter argues that intentional actions are themselves artifacts—artifactual events rather than artifactual objects. After some discussion of hylomorphic treatments of actions and events in ... More


Interpreting Davidson on Intentional Action

Frederick Stoutland

in Dialogues with Davidson: Acting, Interpreting, Understanding

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015561
eISBN:
9780262295796
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015561.003.0017
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter illustrates how Davidson’s works on the philosophy of action have spawned a widely accepted view that differs from his own in a number of respects. Critics of the standard story, of ... More


The Standard Story of Action : An Exchange (1)

Smith Michael

in Causing Human Actions: New Perspectives on the Causal Theory of Action

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262014564
eISBN:
9780262289139
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262014564.003.0026
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter begins by identifying putative action that an agent performed by tracing its effects back to some bodily movement. This bodily movement has to be one that can be considered a basic ... More


Kinesthesia and the Development of Moral Sensibilities

Kathryn Linn Geurts

in Culture and the Senses: Bodily Ways of Knowing in an African Community

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520234550
eISBN:
9780520936546
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520234550.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines kinesthesia, which is a sense found in tendons and muscles, mediated by bodily movement, and discusses the way it is not only highly valued in many Anlo-speaking contexts, but ... More


The Aesthetic Experience of Expert Movement

Barbara Gail Montero

in Thought in Action: Expertise and the Conscious Mind

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780199596775
eISBN:
9780191822308
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596775.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

For Dreyfus and Dreyfus (1986), an expert’s skill has become “so much a part of him that he need be no more aware of it than he is of his own body.” This may be correct only because experts are ... More


Pragmatic Representations

Bence Nanay

in Between Perception and Action

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199695379
eISBN:
9780191760747
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695379.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Pragmatic representations are the representations that mediate between sensory input and motor output. The aim of this chapter is to argue that they are perceptual states and that they play a very ... More


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