What are you causing in acting?
25T16:19:15Z November 2013
My target for attack in this paper is the fairly widespread view in the philosophy of action that what an agent is doing in acting in a certain kind of way is causing an event of some corresponding type. On this view agency is characterized by the agent’s causing of events. To pick one of many manifestations of this view here are Maria Alvarez and John Hyman.We can describe an agent as something or someone that makes things happen. And we can add that to make something happen is to cause an event of some kind. (Alvarez & Hyman, 1998, p. 221)
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Jesús H. Aguilar and Andrei A. Buckareff (eds.). Causing Human Action: New Perspectives on the Causal Theory of Action
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