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Rationality and the unit of action

Woodard, Christopher

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Abstract

This paper examines the idea of an extended unit of action, which is the idea that the
reasons for or against an individual action can depend on the qualities of a larger pattern of action
of which it is a part. One concept of joint action is that the unit of action can be extended in this
sense. But the idea of an extended unit of action is surprisingly minimal in its commitments. The
paper argues for this conclusion by examining uses of the idea of an extended unit of action in
four theoretical contexts. It also explains why the idea of an extended unit of action need not
involve magical thinking, and discusses possible replies to an objection based on a worry about
recklessness.

Citation

Woodard, C. (2011). Rationality and the unit of action. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 2(2), doi:10.1007/s13164-011-0058-z

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2011
Deposit Date Aug 11, 2011
Publicly Available Date Aug 11, 2011
Journal Review of Philosophy and Psychology
Print ISSN 1878-5158
Electronic ISSN ISSN: 1878-5158 (print version) ISSN: 1878-5166 (electronic version)
Publisher Humana Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Issue 2
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s13164-011-0058-z
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/1492
Publisher URL http://www.springerlink.com/content/dlp300l01664000n/
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com

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