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Single Idea 20080

[catalogued under 20. Action / A. Definition of Action / 2. Duration of an Action]

Full Idea

When we do one action 'by' doing another, either the first action causes the process of the second, or the first action is part of the process of the second

Gist of Idea

If one action leads to another, does it cause it, or is it part of it?


Rowland Stout (Action [2005], 9 'What is by')

Book Reference

Stout,Rowland: 'Action' [Acumen 2005], p.140

A Reaction

Stout says the second view is preferable, because pressing a switch does not cause my action of turning on the light (though it does cause the light to come on).