Action Theory: Proceedings of the Winnipeg Conference on by Myles Brand, Douglas Walton

By Myles Brand, Douglas Walton

Lawsuits of the Winnipeg convention on Human motion, held at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, September 11 may perhaps 1975

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Geach, Peter Thomas, Mental Acts. Humanities Press, New York, 1957. Goldman, Alvin I, A Theory of Human Action. Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, 1970. Kenny, Anthony, Descartes: A Study of His Philosophy. Random House, New York, 1968. Lewis, David, Convention. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1969. Ryle, Gilbert, Concept of Mind. Hutchinson House, London, 1949. Shwayder, David, The Stratification of Behavior. Humanities Press, New York, 1965. Vendler, Res Cogitans, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 1972.

An ideally rational person would, of course, believe all the implications of what he believes. He would equally intend all the implications of what he intends. Neither, of course, is true of ordinary mortals. 25. I shall momentarily adopt a convention, which I shall not attempt to justify here,9 according to which the content of a state of belief is represented by dot-quoting the sentence in our language which would be the appropriate expression of that belief. We can think of the dot-quoted expressions as standing for propositions.

In Hegel's writings we find the most sustained pre-twentieth century explorations of intentional action, the varieties of conventional and institutional action, speech acts such as flattery, buying and selling. Had our attempt to discover what is basic to action taken its starting point in attention to actions of this sort, instead of remaining paralyzed in the hospital room where the amputee tries in vain to move his missing limb, we might by now have analyses of action of more use to the moral and political philosopher.

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