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Introduction: Why Investigate Philosophical Issues in Behavioural Science?

Answering broadly philosophical questions about action and about joint action requires reflection on discoveries from the behavioural sciences.

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Here’s the course in essence. Two questions. One about individual action, the other about collaborative action:

  1. Which events in your life are your actions?

  2. What distinguishes doing something jointly with another person from acting in parallel with them but merely side by side?

We start with the first question then move on to the second.

We will consider each question from two perspectives, philosophical and scientific.

Although the perspectives are distinct, they are not independent. As things stand, we cannot adequately answer broadly philosophical questions about action, nor about joint action, without reflection on discoveries from the behavioural sciences.

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