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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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of Philosophy
Depositing User: Woodard, Christopher
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2011 09:10
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 09:10
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/1492

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