Guidance and deviance
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Frankfurt on the causal theory of action Thus far I have argued that the core characteristic of action, understood broadly, is it’s being coordinated or guided by an agent. This conclusion will satisfy no one without a detailed characterization both of what the relevant sort of guidance could be and what it would mean for an agent to guide an action. This chapter is devoted wholly to the first question. What we will see is that the necessary sort of guidance for a genuine action (as opposed to a chain of movements that happens to involve an agent) requires a unique form of synchronic guidance that allows no spatiotemporal gap between the agent’s guiding and its guided movement. In what follows I motivate this requirement and show how difficult it has been for even philosophers aware of the problem to satisfy it. I then offer my own attempt in C hapters 3 through 5 .