Freitag, 08. Mrz 2019, 17:00 - 19:00 iCal

Action and Rationalization

Guest Lecture: Samuel Asarnow (Philosophy at Macalester

College in St. Paul)

Room 3A, Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG)
Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna




According to the “standard story” in the philosophy of action, actions are those movements of a creature’s body that are caused and rationalized by the creature’s mental states. The attractions of the causal condition have been widely discussed. The rationalization condition is just as ubiquitous, but it is notoriously obscure, and its motivation has rarely been made explicit. This paper studies the role of the rationalization condition in the context of the causalpsychological theory of action. Replying to ideas of Kieran Setiya’s, I provide a novel action-theoretic

argument for the rationalization condition, and show how to construct a plausible and informative theory of rationalization. The paper concludes with discussions of whether the resulting theory of action is normative in any objectionable sense, and how to understand the relationship between motivating reasons and normative reasons.



Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Herlinde Pauer-Studer

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Florian Kolowrat
Institut für Philosophie