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University of Potsdam:
Conference "Antecedents of Action - Reasons, Decisions, Intentions, and Will"

14.-17. September 2006

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'But let us not forget one thing: when "I raise my arm", my arm raises.'
L. Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations, 621

More than fifty years have passed since Wittgenstein wrote his cryptic reminder. During this time numerous scholars in the philosophy of action have tried to elucidate the relation between our actions and other things we do or which happen to us. It used to be widely agreed that actions are distinguished by a certain kind of explanation that refers to reasons, intentions or motives. But how exactly is this more general criterion of action to be understood? In particular, what is the relation between intentions and reasons for actions on the one hand and action tokens on the other? These are questions that continue to generate vast disagreement.

This conference brings together representatives of the most important rival action theories in order to further discussion of the differing approaches to these issues. The conference also aims to lay a foundation for more detailed discussions of theories of action among German philosophers.


University Potsdam
Am Neuen Palais
Haus (building) 9
Raum (room) 2.15

Conference (incl. lunch and coffee breaks): 25 .
Additional dinner and guided tour through Park Sanssouci: 25 .
Please go to the Registration Page for payment instructions.

Thomas Spitzley (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Ralf Stoecker (University of Potsdam)

We are very grateful to the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, who, by their generous financial support, have made this conference possible.


University of Potsdam
Faculty of Arts
Institute of Philosophy
Am Neuen Palais 10
House 11
14469 Potsdam

Phone: +49 331 977 1335
Fax: +49 331 977 1313
E-Mail: action@uni-potsdam.de

Gebäude auf dem Campus der Uni Potsdam