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A Motor Theory of Bodily Action?, Hong Yu Wong

From: 2013-04-10 To:2013-04-10

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Group MLAG (2013 - 2015) now integrated in:
  • Thematic Line

    Modern & Contemporary Philosophy
  • Research Group

    Mind, Language & Action
  • MLAG Research Seminar - Invited Session

    Hong Yu Wong (Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience, Tübingen)

    A Motor Theory of Bodily Action?

    10 de Abril, 14.30h - 16.30h, Sala de Reuniões
    Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto


    Abstract:In this talk I will argue against all major accounts of action in the philosophical literature. The unifying theme will be that all extant accounts either failure to capture the intrinsic agentive character of bodily action (the standard causal accounts; Davidson and followers) or attempt to assimilate it to some form of mental action (volitionism and trying theory; Hornsby 1980, McCann 1998). I will then explore whether examining the operation of the motor system itself - something philosophers have not yet done - might give us some insight into the agentive character of bodily action. Finally, I will compare aspects of this motor theory of bodily action with theories of action which also hold that action is intrinsically agentive, but which understand this in terms of the exercise of self-conscious capacities (Thompson 2010; McDowell 2011).


    Contacto: Mattia Riccardi, riccardi@letras.up.pt


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