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Actions and other events

the unifier-multiplier controversy

Published by P. Lang in New York .
Written in English.

About the Edition

This book is a general defence of Donald Davidson's and G.E.M. Anscombe's 'unifying' approach to the individuation of actions and other events against objections raised by Alvin I. Goldman and others. It is argued that, ironically, Goldman's rival 'multiplying' account is itself vulnerable to these objections, whereas Davidson's account survives them. Although claims that the unifier-multiplier dispute is not really substantive are shown to be unfounded, some room for limited agreement over the ontological status of events is indicated. Davidson's causal criterion of event identity is then defended against charges of triviality or inadequacy. It is concluded that Davidson's criterion is not primarily a criterion for arriving at particular judgments of individuation, but a metaphysical standard for the correctness of such judgments, however arrived at.

Contents: Unifiers vs. Multipliers - Davidson's individuation of events - Goldman's act generation - causal, 'by'-relational, and temporal problems - ontology and event constituents - Davidson's causal criterion. This book is unique in providing a detailed survey and analysis of the recent unifier-multiplier dispute, and will be of interest to all researchers in action theory, as well as those working more broadly in metaphysics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind.

Table of Contents

1 INTRODUCTION
1.1 Anscombe's Question 1
1.2 Unifiers vs. Multipliers 5
2 THE UNIFYING APPROACH
2.1 Davidson's Approach 7
2.2 Three Major Objections 10
3 THE MULTIPLYING APPROACH AS ALTERNATIVE
3.1 Goldman's Account 15
3.2 Goldman and the Three Objections 22
4 A CONSIDERATION OF MODIFICATIONS TO THE MULTIPLYING ACCOUNT
4.1 Preamble 39
4.2 An Example Retouched 41
4.3 An Example Untouched 47
4.4 Inclusion Excluded 54
4.5 Counterfactuals Fingered 60
5 THE THREE OBJECTIONS RECONSIDERED
5.1 Preamble 63
5.2 The Causal Objection 64
5.3 The Relational Objection 81
5.4 The Temporal Objection 96
5.5 Postscript 114
6 IS THE DISPUTE REAL?
6.1 Comparative Phraseology 117
6.2 Some Facts About Values 125
7 FINAL WORDS ON THE MULTIPLIERS
7.1 Summary 133
7.2 Some Ontological Matters 135
7.3 The Constituents Conception of Events 140
8 THE CAUSAL CRITERION OF EVENT IDENTITY
8.1 Preamble 153
8.2 Is Davidson's Criterion Interesting? 154
8.3 Is Davidson's Criterion True? 163
9 CONCLUSION
9.1 Anscombe's Question Revisited 179
9.2 Individuation and Identity 181
BIBLIOGRAPHY 189
INDEX 199

Edition Notes

Bibliography: p. [189]-198.
Includes index.

Series
American university studies., v. 75
Other Titles
Unifier-multiplier controversy.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
128/.4
Library of Congress
B105.A35 P44 1989

The Physical Object

Pagination
203 p. :
Number of pages
203

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL2055879M
ISBN 10
0820410446
LC Control Number
88034203
Goodreads
1240213

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