Ideas from 'Action, Reasons and Causes' by Donald Davidson [1963], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Essays on Actions and Events' by Davidson,Donald [OUP 1982,0-19-824637-4]].

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7. Existence / B. Change in Existence / 4. Events / b. Events as primitive
Varied descriptions of an event will explain varied behaviour relating to it [Macdonald]
20. Action / A. Definition of Action / 2. Duration of an Action
If one action leads directly to another, they are all one action [Wilson/Schpall]
20. Action / B. Preliminaries of Action / 1. Intention to Act / a. Nature of intentions
We explain an intention by giving an account of acting with an intention [Stout,R]
20. Action / C. Motives for Action / 2. Acting on Beliefs / a. Acting on beliefs
Acting for a reason is a combination of a pro attitude, and a belief that the action is appropriate
20. Action / C. Motives for Action / 3. Acting on Reason / c. Reasons as causes
Early Davidson says intentional action is caused by reasons [Stout,R]
Davidson claims that what causes an action is the reason for doing it [Kim]
Reasons must be causes when agents act 'for' reasons [Lowe]