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Single Idea 20055

[catalogued under 20. Action / C. Motives for Action / 3. Acting on Reason / c. Reasons as causes]

Full Idea

The idea running through the work of Aristotle, Kant, Anscombe and Davidson is that explanation of action involves justifying that action or making it rationally intelligible.

Gist of Idea

A standard view says that the explanation of an action is showing its rational justification


Rowland Stout (Action [2005], 5 'Psychological')

Book Reference

Stout,Rowland: 'Action' [Acumen 2005], p.69

A Reaction

Stout goes on to say that instead you could give the 'rationalisation' of the action, which is psychological facts which explain the action, without justifying it. The earlier view may seem a little optimistic and intellectualist.