Title

Action Individuation: A Normative Functionalist Approach

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-30-2011

Department

Philosophy

Language

English

Publication Title

Philosophical Explorations

Abstract

How or in virtue of what does any one particular action differ from another? Available views on the issue of action individuation tend to emphasize the descriptive features of actions, such as where and when they occur, or what they cause or are caused by. I contend instead that actions are individuated by their normative features, such as what licenses them and what they license in turn. In this essay, deploying a suggestion from Sellars and Brandom, I argue specifically that actions are individuated by their normative function or role.

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DOI

10.1080/13869795.2011.544396

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