Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy

Action and Responsibility

Authors: Sneddon, Andrew

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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.

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"Studies in the philosophy of action have predominantly aimed to provide theories of how the action is explained or produced. … Sneddon aims to undermine this approach by separating out two fundamental questions that he argues should be distinguished in formulating theories of action. … The clear and methodical way the book is set out ensures that a reader unfamiliar with this philosophical territory can easily engage with the text and its main arguments … . This is well-constructed, thoroughly argued addition … ." (Natalie F. Banner, Metapsychology Online Reviews, September, 2007)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Two Questions

    Pages 1-17

  • Ascriptivism Resurrected: The Case for Ascriptivism

    Pages 19-32

  • Ascriptivism Defended: The Case Against Ascriptivism

    Pages 33-50

  • Responsibility and Causation I: Legal Responsibility

    Pages 51-65

  • Responsibility and Causation II: Moral Responsibility

    Pages 67-96

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Action and Responsibility
Authors
Series Title
Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy
Series Volume
18
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-3982-9
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-3982-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-3996-6
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7008-1
Series ISSN
1387-6678
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 200
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