By Alvin I. Goldman

This publication articulates an unique scheme for the conceptualization of motion. starting with a brand new method of the individuation of acts, it delineates the relationships among uncomplicated and non-basic acts and makes use of those relationships within the definition of skill and intentional motion. the writer indicates the imperative function of wishes and ideology within the causation of acts and within the research of the concept that of action.

Professor Goldman indicates solutions to primary questions on acts, and develops a collection of principles and ideas that may be utilized in the philosophy of brain, the philosophy of language, ethics, and different fields, together with the behavioral sciences.

Originally released in 1977.

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H. ) A further feature of level-generation was noted in our discussion of branching acts. It was pointed out there that when act A generates act A', the following counterfactual assertion is true: if S had not done A, then he would not have done A'. For example, if 5"s extending his arm out the car window generates his signaling for a turn, then we may say that if he had not extended his arm goals, and reasons, whereas movement, in the sense of "mere movement," is devoid of these elements. In the present discussion I am ignoring this issue.

This will produce diagrams in which basic act-tokens are at the bottom of act-trees and nonbasic act-tokens at higher levels on the act-trees. As is suggested by these diagrams, level-generation is intended to be an asymmetric, irreflexive, and transitive relation. Let us begin the study of level-generation by noting some temporal properties of pairs of acts related by generation. The first thing to notice is that neither one of a pair of generational acts is subsequent to the other. Let us say that S"s doing A' is subsequent to 5"s doing A if and only if it is correct to say that S did A "and then" (or "and later") did A'.

Is written adjacent to this vertical line. In some cases we may want to draw the circle representing act A' above but at an angle to the circle representing act A. In these cases we will have a diagonal line connecting the two circles, but it too, like a vertical line, symbolizes The Structure of Action 31 level-generation. Since generation is transitive, any two circles connected by a sequence of vertical (or diagonal) lines represent a generationally related pair of acts. Our simple technique for picturing level-generation is illustrated by the two diagrams in Fig.

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