Philosophy of actionPhilosophy of action
is a branch of philosophy
. It is chiefly concerned with human action
, intending to distinguish between activity and passivity, voluntary, intentional, culpable and involuntary actions, and related question.
The field is often defined by the quote of Wittgenstein: "What is left over if I subtract the fact that my arm goes up from the fact that I raise my arm?"
The problems of analytical philosophy of action include:
- What are the temporal limits of an action? For instance, can an action end before its result occurs?
- Is an action the same as some bodily movement? Does one movement under different descriptions constitute different actions?
- Is an action the same as some event? Does one event under different descriptions constitute different actions?