Rationality and the unit of action

Woodard, Christopher (2011) Rationality and the unit of action. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 2 (2). pp. 261-277. ISSN ISSN: 1878-5158 (print version) ISSN: 1878-5166 (electronic version)

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This paper examines the idea of an extended unit of action, which is the idea that the reasons for or against an individual action can depend on the qualities of a larger pattern of action of which it is a part. One concept of joint action is that the unit of action can be extended in this sense. But the idea of an extended unit of action is surprisingly minimal in its commitments. The paper argues for this conclusion by examining uses of the idea of an extended unit of action in four theoretical contexts. It also explains why the idea of an extended unit of action need not involve magical thinking, and discusses possible replies to an objection based on a worry about recklessness.

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Schools/Departments:Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of Philosophy
ID Code:1492
Deposited By:Woodard, Christopher
Deposited On:11 Aug 2011 10:10
Last Modified:11 Aug 2011 10:10

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