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The Resource Negative actions : events, absences, and the metaphysics of agency, Jonathan D. Payton

Negative actions : events, absences, and the metaphysics of agency, Jonathan D. Payton

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Negative actions : events, absences, and the metaphysics of agency
Title
Negative actions
Title remainder
events, absences, and the metaphysics of agency
Statement of responsibility
Jonathan D. Payton
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Language
eng
Summary
"Negative actions (intentional omissions, refrainments, etc.) seem to be genuine actions. The standard metaphysical theories of action are event-based: they treat actions as events of a special kind. But it seems that many (and perhaps all) negative actions are, not events, but absences thereof. In this book, I provide a comprehensive treatment of this problem and its solution. I trace the appearance that negative actions are mere absences to the widely-assumed view that negative action sentences (sentences which describe an agent as omitting, refraining, etc.) are negative existentials, reporting the non-occurrence of an event of a certain kind. I argue, on the contrary, that such sentences report the occurrence of an event, not the absence of one. Moreover, I show how these events can be identified with ordinary, positive events of the sort we should already have in our ontology. In developing these views, I provide a comprehensive picture of the metaphysics of negative actions, the nature of our thought and talk about them, and their place in a theory of action and agency"--
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Payton, Jonathan D
Dewey number
128/.4
Index
index present
LC call number
B105.A35
LC item number
P35 2021
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Act (Philosophy)
  • Action theory
  • Intentionality (Philosophy)
  • Agent (Philosophy)
  • Events (Philosophy)
  • Act (Philosophy)
  • Action theory
  • Agent (Philosophy)
  • Events (Philosophy)
  • Intentionality (Philosophy)
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Negative actions : events, absences, and the metaphysics of agency, Jonathan D. Payton
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
MSTDDAPRINT1196240433
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 238 pages
Isbn
9781108839792
Lccn
2020042250
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Negative actions : events, absences, and the metaphysics of agency, Jonathan D. Payton
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
MSTDDAPRINT1196240433
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 238 pages
Isbn
9781108839792
Lccn
2020042250
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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