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Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie

Zweimonatsschrift der internationalen philosophischen Forschung

Ed. by Demmerling, Christoph / Esser, Andrea Marlen / Krüger, Hans-Peter / Menke, Christoph

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Volume 61, Issue 3


Handlungen, Absichten und praktisches Wissen

Dr. David Horst
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Martin Buber Society of Fellows, Rabin Building, Jerusalem, 91905, Israel
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Published Online: 2013-09-12 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/dzph.2013.0031


In this paper, I argue that in order to understand intentional action we have to understand a distinctive kind of practical knowledge - knowledge that is the cause of what it represents. To do so, I begin by identifying two requirements for an adequate understanding of intentional action: (a) someone who acts intentionally has an intention that is the cause of her action; (b) someone who acts intentionally knows what she is doing. My aim is to show that a theory of intentional action that adequately accounts for both requirements will have to be a theory of practical knowledge. Moreover, I argue that a widespread view of practical thought (e. g. intention) stands in the way of a proper account of the relevant notion of practical knowledge. According to this view, a practical thought is composed of two independent elements: a causal force and a content. I end by sketching an alternative view of practical thought, which, I claim, provides a better framework for understanding practical knowledge

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Published Online: 2013-09-12

Published in Print: 2013-07-01

Citation Information: Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, Volume 61, Issue 3, Pages 373–386, ISSN (Online) 2192-1482, ISSN (Print) 0012-1045, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/dzph.2013.0031.

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