more from Rowland Stout

Single Idea 20052

[catalogued under 20. Action / B. Preliminaries of Action / 2. Willed Action / c. Agent causation]

Full Idea

Once you lose the agent from an account of action it stops being an account of action at all.

Gist of Idea

If you don't mention an agent, you aren't talking about action


Rowland Stout (Action [2005], 4 'Agent')

Book Reference

Stout,Rowland: 'Action' [Acumen 2005], p.63

A Reaction

[he refers to Richard Taylor 1966] This could be correct without implying that agents offer a unique mode of causation. The concept of 'agent' is reducible.