Are actions bodily movements?

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The view that actions are bodily movements, also known as corporealism, was much discussed in the latter half of the twentieth century, but now commands fewer adherents. The present paper argues that earlier proponents of corporealism missed the crucial feature of actions that tells in favour of actions being bodily movements. Focusing on this crucial feature provides us with the resources for responding to arguments against corporealism and in favour of alternative accounts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)394-407
Number of pages14
JournalPhilosophical Explorations
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy


  • Action
  • Donald Davidson
  • causalism
  • corporealism
  • functionalism
  • naturalism


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