Research Article

Frontiers of Philosophy in China

, 6:345

First online:

Acting in ignorance

  • Jonathan DancyAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, University of ReadingDepartment of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin Email author 


This paper considers and rejects the arguments that have been given in favour of the view that one can only act for the reason that p if one knows that p. The paper contrasts it with the view I hold, which is that one can act for the reason that p even if it is not the case that p.


knowledge reasons action non-factive explanation