Philosophy Colloquium on Intentional Action

Posted on 10/23/2018 9:52:45 AM

The Philosophy Department is pleased to announce that Benjamin Schulz (University of Pittsburgh) will give a talk titled “Acting in the Light of My End” on Friday, October 26, at 3:30 p.m. in the Humanities and Social Science Building, room 206. 


Do we always know what we’re doing? In the widest sense of the word “doing”, surely not: I may be standing on your toes but, alas, not know that I’m doing so. But if we restrict our attention to what we are intentionally doing, then some philosophers think that we do always know what we’re doing. In other words, some philosophers think that there is a necessary connection between intentionally performing some action and knowing that one is doing so. In this talk, I will try to show that given a natural and appealing conception of what intentional action consists in, we can see why there is indeed a necessary connection between performing such actions and knowing that one is doing so.