Authors
David Horst
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
Abstract
In this paper, I argue that in order to understand intentional action we have to understand a distinctive kind of practical knowledge - knowledge that is the cause of what it represents. To do so, I begin by identifying two requirements for an adequate understanding of intentional action: someone who acts intentionally has an intention that is the cause of her action; someone who acts intentionally knows what she is doing. My aim is to show that a theory of intentional action that adequately accounts for both requirements will have to be a theory of practical knowledge. Moreover, I argue that a widespread view of practical thought stands in the way of a proper account of the relevant notion of practical knowledge. According to this view, a practical thought is composed of two independent elements: a causal force and a content. I end by sketching an alternative view of practical thought, which, I claim, provides a better framework for understanding practical knowledge
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1524/dzph.2013.0031
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 68,916
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Deviant Formal Causation.Sarah K. Paul - 2011 - Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 5 (3):1-24.
Perception and Practical Knowledge.John Schwenkler - 2011 - Philosophical Explorations 14 (2):137-152.
‘Our’ Practical Knowledge.Yukio Irie - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 33:21-26.
Zum Verhältnis von Rezeptivem Und Praktischem Wissen.John McDowell - 2013 - Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 61 (3):387-401.
Understanding 'Practical Knowledge'.John Schwenkler - 2015 - Philosophers' Imprint 15.
Practical Knowledge of Language.Cheng-Hung Tsai - 2010 - Philosophia 38 (2):331-341.
Anscombe on 'Practical Knowledge'.Richard Moran - 2004 - In J. Hyman & H. Steward (eds.), Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement. Cambridge University Press. pp. 43-68.
Warrant and Action.Mikkel Gerken - 2011 - Synthese 178 (3):529-547.
Practical Reason, Value and Action.Alison Hills - 2007 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 4 (3):375-392.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2015-01-22

Total views
27 ( #420,158 of 2,497,789 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #428,370 of 2,497,789 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes