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Action and Responsibility

  • Andrew¬†Sneddon

Part of the Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy book series (LOET, volume 18)

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Introduction

What makes an event count as an action? Typical answers appeal to the way in which the event was produced: e.g., perhaps an arm movement is an action when caused by mental states (in particular ways), but not when caused in other ways. Andrew Sneddon argues that this type of answer, which he calls "productionism", is methodologically and substantially mistaken. In particular, productionist answers to this question tend to be either individualistic or foundationalist, or both, without explicit defence. Instead, Sneddon offers an externalist, anti-foundationalist account of what makes an event count as an action, which he calls neo-ascriptivism, after the work of H.L.A. Hart. Specifically, Sneddon argues that our practices of attributing moral responsibility to each other are at least partly constitutive of events as actions.

Keywords

argue bibliography event foundation individual knowledge morality

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrew¬†Sneddon
    • 1
  1. 1.University of OttawaCanada

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