Philosophy of History and Action: Papers Presented at the by Paul Ricoeur (auth.), Yirmiahu Yovel (eds.)

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By Paul Ricoeur (auth.), Yirmiahu Yovel (eds.)

This quantity comprises the complaints of the 1st Jerusalem Philosophical come upon - all started through the Hebrew college Institute of Philosophy (now the S. H. Bergman Centre for Philosophical Studies), which came about on December 28-31, 1974. in recent times the culture-gap that separates philosophers turns out slowly - certainly a lot too slowly - to be narrowing. even if brief­ circuits in conversation nonetheless do take place and mutual disrespect has now not vanished, it truly is changing into retro to illustrate lack of information of one other philosophical culture or to shrug it off with a supercilious smile. probably dialectically, the insufficiency of any self-centred view that attempts to immunize itself to demanding situations from with no begins to disturb it from inside. in addition, because the tradition- (and language-) sure nature of many philosophical divergencies is sinking extra deeply into attention, the irony of an angle of intolerance to them turns into extra obvious. Our objective was once to make a modest contribution to this improvement. We didn't, in spite of the fact that, suggest to confuse real variations and difficulties in communique. hence, the extra reasonable time period "encounter" used to be most well-liked to the idealizing "dialogue. " The Israeli hosts, themselves expert in numerous philosophical traditions, felt that there's anything in­ among genuine discussion at the one hand and mutual estrangement at the different, and wanted to supply a gathering position for it.

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I, Philusophy of History and Action, 41-60. Dordrecht, D. Reidel, 1978. This Article Copyright © 1978 by Donald Davidson. 42 DONALD DAVIDSON reason. On the other hand, beliefs and desires tell us an agent's reasons for acting only if those attitudes are appropriately related to the action as viewed by the actor. To serve as reasons for an action, beliefs and desires need not be reasonable, but a normative element nevertheless enters, since the action must be reasonable in the light of the beliefs and desires (naturally it may not be reasonable in the light of further considerations).

Reidel, 1978. This Article Copyright © 1978 by Donald Davidson. 42 DONALD DAVIDSON reason. On the other hand, beliefs and desires tell us an agent's reasons for acting only if those attitudes are appropriately related to the action as viewed by the actor. To serve as reasons for an action, beliefs and desires need not be reasonable, but a normative element nevertheless enters, since the action must be reasonable in the light of the beliefs and desires (naturally it may not be reasonable in the light of further considerations).

This brings me back to the problem I mentioned at the start, for the strategy that appears to work for acting with an intention has no obvious application to pure intending, that is, intending that is not necessarily accompanied by action. If someone digs a pit with the intention of trapping a tiger, it is perhaps plausible that no entity at all, act, event or disposition, 46 DONALD DAVIDSON corresponds to the noun phrase "the intention of trapping a tiger" - this is what our survey has led us to hope.

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