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The 146th Analytical Philosophy Forum: The Divisibility of Basic Actions

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Speaker: Dr. Kevin Lynch Time: May 10th (Thursday) 19:00-21:00

Venue: 1408, Block A, Zhixin Building

146th Analytical Philosophy Forum

Title: The Divisibility of Basic Actions

Speaker: Dr Kevin Lynch

Moderator: Ivan Ivanov

Reporting time: May 10, 2018 (Thursday) 19:00-21:00

Reporting location: 1408, Block A, Zhixin Building, Center Campus

Report Description:

The notion of basic action has recently come under attack based on the idea that any putative basic action can always be divided into more basic sub-actions. In this paper it is argued that this criticism ignores a key aspect of the idea of basic action, namely, the ‘anything else’ part of the idea that basic actions are not done by doing anything else. This aspect is clarified, and it is argued that doing the sub-actions of which a putative basic action consists does not amount to doing something different from doing that putative basic action.

Speaker profile:

Dr. Kevin Lynch received his Ph.D. from Warwick University in the UK and later worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the National University of Ireland in Dublin. He currently works at Huaqiao University. Dr. Kevin Lynch's research interests include psychology philosophy, action philosophy and its cross-cutting areas. He has published research papers on the famous international journals Analysis, Philosophical Studies, and Erkenntnis on a series of topics such as self-deception, basic actions and natural types.