What is the reason for the action for?: a comment on Suzuki’s two papers and his review of Logic of my mind, 2nd ed

Journal of the Philosophy of Science Society, Japan 47 (1):19-36 (2021)
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This article handles a series of articles written by Suzuki (2016a; 2016b; 2018), in which he put forward the anti-psychologism, a new standpoint of action theory. This standpoint, however, has lost the path Anscombe originally opened up, seemingly. Anscombe’s point (called “Anscombe’s motif” in this article) was: the agent him/herself responds, by revealing his/her original motive, to the question “Why did/do you do…?” Leaving this ground, in modern theories, one sees an unfamiliar idea like a normative reason flow into the debate on human action. We review this academic environment critically in terms of Kaneko (2017), whom Suzuki criticized in one of his papers (2018).

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Yusuke Kaneko
Meiji University


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