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The Metaphysics and Epistemology of Settling: Some Anscombean Reservations

Hinshelwood, A; (2013) The Metaphysics and Epistemology of Settling: Some Anscombean Reservations. Inquiry , 56 (6) 625 - 638. 10.1080/0020174X.2013.841044. Green open access

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Abstract

Helen Steward accepts what I call the Separation Thesis, the main tenet of which is that the movements one’s body makes when one acts are the causal results of one’s actions. I claim that this threatens to generate a pair of epistemic shortfalls: first, our perception of others’ bodily movements may not reach to their actions themselves; and, second, our own ‘knowledge in intention’ may not reach to the actual bodily movements in which the efficacy of our actions consists. I suggest we should adopt a slogan that Anscombe considered, and say ‘I do what happens’ when I am acting. Then the movements one’s body makes when one acts are seen simply to be one’s actions.

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Title: The Metaphysics and Epistemology of Settling: Some Anscombean Reservations
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/0020174X.2013.841044
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0020174X.2013.841044
Language: English
Additional information: © 2013 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The moral rights of the named author(s) have been asserted. Permission is granted subject to the terms of the License under which the work was published. Please check the License conditions for the work which you wish to reuse. Full and appropriate attribution must be given. This permission does not cover any third party copyrighted material which may appear in the work requested.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1457060
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