Basic Activity


  • Jennifer Hornsby

    1. Philosophy Department Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, London, WCIE 7HX, UK
    2. Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature, University of Oslo, 0315 Oslo, Norway
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I present a view of activity, taking it that an agent is engaged in activity so long as an action of hers is occurring. I suggest that this view (a) helps in understanding what goes wrong in an argument in Thompson (2008) known sometimes as the ‘initial segment argument’, and (b) enables us to see that there could be an intelligible conception of what is basic when agents' knowledge is allowed into an account of that.