Act Individuation: An Experimental Approach

Abstract  
Accounts of act individuation have attempted to capture peoples’ pre-theoretic intuitions. Donald Davidson has argued that
a multitude of action descriptions designate only one act, while Alvin Goldman has averred that each action description refers
to a distinct act. Following on recent empirical studies, I subject these accounts of act individuation to experimentation.
The data indicate that people distinguish between actions differently depending upon the moral valence of the outcomes. Thus,
the assumption that a single account of act individuation applies invariantly seems mistaken.

  • Content Type Journal Article
  • Pages 1-14
  • DOI 10.1007/s13164-012-0096-1
  • Authors
    • Joseph Ulatowski, Department of Philosophy, University of Wyoming, Dept. 3392, 1000 E. University Avenue, Laramie, WY 82071, USA
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