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    Philosophy, in a Sense
    The Philosophers' Magazine 82 18-19. 2018.
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    Throughout his work Hegel distinguishes between the notion of an act from the standpoint of the agent and that of all other standpoints. He terms the formerHandlung and the latterTat. This distinction should not be confused with the contemporary one between action andmerebodily movement. For one, bothHandlungandTatare aspects of conduct that results from the will,viz. Tun. Moreover, Hegel's taxonomy is motivated purely by concerns relating to modes of perception. So whereas theorists such as Don…Read more
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    Philosophy, in a Sense
    The Philosophers' Magazine 81 19-21. 2018.
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    Philosophy, In A Sense
    The Philosophers' Magazine 80 18-19. 2018.
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    Philosophy, In A Sense: Robot Reasons
    The Philosophers' Magazine 79 22-23. 2017.
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    Philosophy, In A Sense
    The Philosophers' Magazine 78 17-19. 2017.
  • Stephen Mulhall, Philosophical Myths of the Fall
    Philosophy in Review 27 (1): 60. 2007.
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    The Doing and the Deed: Action in Normative Ethics
    Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 80 105-126. 2017.
    This essay is motivated by the thought that the things we do are to be distinguished from our acts of doing them. I defend a particular way of drawing this distinction before proceeding to demonstrate its relevance for normative ethics. Central to my argument is the conviction that certain ongoing debates in ethical theory begin to dissolve once we disambiguate the two concepts of action in question. If this is right, then the study of action should be accorded a far more prominent place within …Read more
  •  30
    Wittgenstein and Communication Technology – A Conversation between Richard Harper and Constantine Sandis
    with Richard Harper
    Philosophical Investigations 41 (2): 241-262. 2018.
    This paper documents a conversation between a philosopher and a human computer interaction researcher whose research has been enormously influenced by Wittgenstein. In particular, the in vivo use of categories in the design of communications and AI technologies are discussed, and how this meaning needs to evolve to allow creative design to flourish. The paper will be of interest to anyone concerned with philosophical tools in everyday action.
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    Philosophy of Action from Suarez to Anscombe
    Philosophical Explorations 21 (1): 1-2. 2018.
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    Period and Place: Collingwood and Wittgenstein on Understanding Others
    Collingwood and British Idealism Studies 22 (1): 167-193. 2016.
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    New Essays on the Explanation of Action (review)
    Analysis 70 (1): 193-196. 2010.
    The anthology contains twenty-two essays and is divided into two parts. The essays are, in the main, critical responses to aspects of what has come to be known in action theory as the ‘Standard View’ – the view that traces back to Donald Davidson's contribution to twentieth-century philosophy of action. The view under criticism treats actions as bodily movements caused in a non-deviant way by belief–desire pairs, construes these belief–desire pairs as the primary reasons for the actions that the…Read more
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    Are There Answers to the Big Questions?
    The Philosophers' Magazine 77 14-15. 2017.
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    Introduction : Hegel and contemporary philosophy of action
    In Arto Laitinen & Constantine Sandis (eds.), Hegel on Action, Palgrave-macmillan. 2010.
    The aim of this book is to provide an in-depth account of Hegel’s writings on human action as they relate to contemporary concerns in the hope that it will encourage fruitful dialogue between Hegel scholars and those working in the philosophy of action. During the past two decades, preliminary steps towards such a dialogue were taken, but many paths remain uncharted. The book thus serves as both a summative document of past interaction and a promissory note of things to come. We begin this intro…Read more
  •  92
    The Things We Do and Why We Do Them
    Palgrave-Macmillan. 2012.
    Machine generated contents note: -- Doing the Things We Do * The Reasons for which We Act * The Objects of Action Explanation * Things That Move Us to Act * Various Explananda, Various Explanantia * Agents and Their Actions * Causation in Action Individuation.
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    Human Nature (edited book)
    with Mark J. Cain
    Cambridge University Press. 2012.
    An understanding of human nature has been central to the work of some of the greatest philosophical thinkers including Plato, Descartes, Hume, Hobbes, Rousseau, Freud and Marx. Questions such as 'what is human nature?', 'is there such a thing as an exclusively human nature?', 'through what methods might we best discover more about our nature?', and 'to what extent are our actions and beliefs constrained by it?' are of central importance not only to philosophy, but to our general understanding of…Read more
  • This paper argues that contemporary philosophy of mind and action could learn much from the structure of action explanation manifested in ancient Greek tragedy, which is less deterministic than typically supposed and which does not conflate the motivation of action with its causal production.
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    Philosophy of mind
    Philosophical Books 46 (2): 170-174. 2005.
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    Collective action
    The Philosophers' Magazine 72 101-102. 2016.
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    An Honest Display of Fakery: Replicas and the Role of Museums
    Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 79 241-259. 2016.
    This essay brings together questions from aesthetic theory and museum management. In particular, I relate a contextualist account of the value of copies to a pluralistic understanding of the purpose of museums. I begin by offering a new defence of the no longer fashionable view that the aesthetic value of artworks may be detached from questions regarding their provenance. My argument is partly based on a distinction between the process of creating a work of art and the artwork in question.Next, …Read more
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    To mark the 50th anniversary of Donald Davidson's 'Actions, reasons and causes', eight philosophers with distinctive and contrasting views revisit and update the reasons/causes debate. Their essays are preceded by a historical introduction which traces current debates to their roots in the philosophy of history and social science, linking the rise of causalism to a metaphysical backlash against the linguistic turn. Both historically grounded and topical, this volume will be of great interest to …Read more
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    The objects of action explanation
    Ratio 25 (3): 326-344. 2012.
    This paper distinguishes between various different conceptions of behaviour and action before exploring an accompanying variety of distinct things that ‘action explanation’ may plausibly amount to viz. different objectives of action explanation. I argue that a large majority of philosophers are guilty of conflating many of these, consequently offering inadequate accounts of the relation between actions and our reasons for performing them. The paper ends with the suggestion that we would do well …Read more
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    Hume and the Debate on 'Motivating Reasons'
    In Charles Pigden (ed.), Hume on Motivation and Virtue, Palgrave-macmillan. 2009.
    This paper argues for a novel interpretation of Hume's account of motivation, according to which beliefs can (alone) motivate action though not by standing as reasons which normatively favour it. It si then suggested that a number of contemporary debates about concerning the nature of reasons for action could benefit from such an approach.