By Georg Henrik von Wright (auth.), Ghita Holmström-Hintikka, Raimo Tuomela (eds.)
Contemporary motion Theory, quantity I (Individual Action) is anxious with subject matters in philosophical motion idea similar to purposes and factors of motion, intentions, freedom of will and of motion, omissions and norms in criminal and moral contexts, in addition to job, passivity and competence from scientific issues of view. Cognitive making an attempt, freedom of the desire and agent causation are demanding situations within the dialogue on desktops in motion. the quantity involves contributions by means of top specialists within the box written particularly for this quantity. No similar quantity presently exists.
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Extra resources for Contemporary Action Theory Volume 1: Individual Action
16 Explanations that do not exhibit intelligible connections in this regard (that are not reenactible by investigators) are not satisfactory as explanations of action. If challenged, Collingwood or, rather, the defender of Collingwood might say something like the following: performing an action and explaining it are two different things. A person can perform an action even where intelligibility of connection falls, for crazy people do act; and actions can be done that we do not understand (by people in another culture, say).
But how can he have been sincere if he later admitted that his first explanation did not "hold water" [nicht stichhaltig]. If we choose to not see his "conversion" as the result of brainwashing, then we would therefore have to say that he could not have been entirely sincere. His new insight, after all , was not forced upon him, but rather it [supposedly] represents a genuine realization of what his earlier motives had been. Therefore, this genuine realization must have somehow been "in him" all along.
To this von Wright adds, as a way of achieving explanatory closure, the agent's relevant means/end belief (as attested to by evidence, of course). But again one asks, how do we know this: how do we know that this is the reason that moved the agent? that this belief brought about the action in 26 REX MARTIN question? We come, then, to von Wright's second claim. There is, he says, no further fact that one can adduce to answer these questions. Rather, if the data used has been assembled as completely and carefully as possible on a basis of considering extensive relevant evidence and if, in so assembling, one can then achieve a continuity between deed and thought, a coherence or fit between them (of the sorts identified in the two sub-schemas), that is all there is to it.