Action Theory: Proceedings of the Winnipeg Conference on by Myles Brand, Douglas Walton

By Myles Brand, Douglas Walton

Complaints of the Winnipeg convention on Human motion, held at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 11th of September could 1975

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Had'more attention been given to those powers of action we possess in virtue of our necessarily shared ability to exchange and interpret 'gestures,' to teach, correct and extend our gesture-repertoire and with it our power to cooperatively understand and reshape our world and ourselves, a less blackly Schopenhauerian estimate of the prospects and freedom of the human agent might have emerged. Danto does not discuss acts of mind as such, although he clearly wants to allow for such things, and instances imagining as an action.

INTENTION, PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE, AND REPRESENTATION 35 I have argued that attention to intentional mental acts shows us that intention cannot be construed as representation of the intended. Whatever intentions are, they are not inner representations. I now want to look at the concept of representation itself, and at Danto's use of that concept. What is it that makes a mental state a representation of a state of the world, rather than the world-state a representation of a state of mind, especially when the mental state temporally precedes and causally affects the state of the world?

Searle allows that a speech act like resigning brings about the state of affairs it represents, and he has states of affairs expressed rather than represented in acts like thanking. But for all speech acts, the form is F(p), and different speech acts are regarded as different modes of representing or expressing reality. 2 Unpublished. 3 'Tom, Dick and Harry and All The Kings Men', forthcoming in American Philosophical Quarterly. I INTENTION, PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE, AND REPRESENTATION 43 discuss this in 'Ways and Means', Canadian Journal of Philosophy.

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