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Action, Philosophy of
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Several empirical disciplines (esp. psychology and sociology) deal in different ways with the theory of action. Their approaches often do not distinguish sharply between mere behavior and action in the strict sense. The philosophy of action, on the other hand, is concerned to explicate the concept of action particularly in contrast to mere behavior. The following basic principles apply: (1) actions are intentional behaviors on the part of a person; (2) actions are behaviors that the person could have refrained from doing; (3) actions are behaviors …

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Meixner, Uwe, “Action, Philosophy of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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