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HABITUAL ACTIONS AND THE STANDARD THEORY OF ACTION

From: 2017-12-12 To:2017-12-12

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    Modern & Contemporary Philosophy
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    Mind, Language & Action
  • MLAG RESEARCH SEMINAR 2017-2018

    HABITUAL ACTIONS AND THE STANDARD THEORY OF ACTION

    Flavia Felletti
    (PhD Student - University of Duisburg-Essen)

    12 de dezembro 2017 (terça-feira)

    15h30 | Sala do Departamento de Filosofia (Torre B - Piso 1)
    Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto

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    Resumo: Habits guide most of our actions. We turn off the alarm clock in the morning, take a shower, make coffee, and jump on the right bus out of habits. Yet, they have been mostly overlooked by philosophers. Recently habits and habitual actions gained a more substantial attention. One reason for this is that they have been thought to pose a challenge to the Standard Theory of Actions (STA). The STA of action explains the intentionality of actions in terms of causation by the agent’s mental states, typically intentions. However, whether habitual actions are caused by intentions is a matter of controversy. Pollard (2006) and Di Nucci (2011) argued, for instance, that the STA cannot account for habitual actions. By contrast, a number of authors tried to accommodate habitual actions within the framework of the STA by appealing to some sort of non-decisional intentions. In this paper, I will discuss three arguments in favor of the claim that habitual actions represent a challenge to the STA and the replies that endorsers of the STA provided or might provide. I will conclude that there are no sufficient reasons for postulating the sort of sui generis intentions required by endorsers of the STA, for an alternative explanation of habitual actions that does not appeal to the agent’s psychological states is always available. However, by allowing that habitual actions are not caused by intentions, we face a number of issues that future research might help us to solve.

     

    Imagem: Edward Hopper, Office in a Small City (1953)

     

    Programa MLAG Research Seminars: http://ifilosofia.up.pt/activities/mlag-research-seminar-2017-2018

     

    Organização:
    Research Group Mind Language and Action Group (MLAG)
    MLAG Seminars 2017-2018 (Sofia Miguens, Luís Veríssimo, Diana Couto, José Pedro Correia)

    Instituto de Filosofia da Universidade do Porto - FIL/00502
    Financiamento: FCT

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