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Explanation of Action

  • By: Stephen Andrew Butterfill
  • In: Encyclopedia of the Mind
  • Edited by: Harold Pashler
  • Subject:Linguistics (general), Cognitive Psychology (general)

Certain explanations are characteristic of purposive action. The question, “Why did Ayesha poke the chimpanzee?” could be answered by citing Ayesha's desire to retrieve her glasses and her belief that poking the chimpanzee would make it return them to her. Explanations ...