Agent Causation: Before and After the Ontological Turn

von Wachter, Daniel (2002) Agent Causation: Before and After the Ontological Turn. In: UNSPECIFIED Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, pp. 276-278.


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Imagine Ludwig has a cup of tea for breakfast. He pours it; he eats his egg until it seems to him that the tea should have the right temperature; he moves his hand to the cup, puts his fingers at the handle, and then, careful not to spill anything, he does something with his arm; namely, he raises it, and if all goes well he then drinks the tea without burning his lips. The rising of Ludwig"s arm surely has a cause. But what is the cause? Defenders of agent causation, such as Thomas Reid (1788), Richard Taylor (1966), Roderick Chisholm (1976a), and many more recent authors (see Swinburne 1997, ch. 5; Thorp 1980; Meixner 1999; Clarke 1996; O'Connor 2000) have argued that the rising of Ludwig"s arm is caused by Ludwig himself. Some events are caused, not by other events, but by concrete things, by substances, more specifically by intentional agents.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agent Causation; Ontological turn; Liguistic turn; Freedom; Chisholm, R.
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Bewußtseinsphilosophie, Philosophie des Geistes und der Psychologie
Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Wittgenstein Symposium Kirchberg, Pre-Proceedings > Kirchberg 2002
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2013 20:28

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