Reductionism and Action Predicates
Analitinės filosofijos tyrimai
Vilius Dranseika
Published 2012-01-01
https://doi.org/10.15388/Problemos.2012.0.1873
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Keywords

action
philosophy of
reduction
elimination
multiple realization
rationality

How to Cite

Dranseika V. (2012) “Reductionism and Action Predicates”, Problemos, 00, pp. 51-62. doi: 10.15388/Problemos.2012.0.1873.

Abstract

This article aims at characterizing discussions within the analytic philosophy of action on reductionist and antireductionist approaches to ordinary action predicates. Two antireductionist arguments – both of them directed against the possibility of extensional equivalence of ordinary action predicates and scientific predicates – are identified as central in shaping the discussion, namely, the argument from multiple realizability and the argument from rationality constraints. The article ends with a short discussion of practical considerations which, together with theoretical prospects for the reduction of ordinary action predicates, delineate possible scenarios of retentive and eliminative theory change in action theory.

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