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Human actions must be accessible, and immediately sensible, from the point of view from which we see human beings at work in the world. ) 21 jennifer hornsby The apparently absurd conclusion here, that actions are events internal to bodies, is reached when someone’s moving her body is treated as a cause of a movement of their body. We have seen that, for the particular case of moving one’s body, Davidson gave up on the event-causal element which he discerned to be generally present in verbs like ‘move’; but he acknowledged the naturalness of saying that someone who has raised her arm has made it go up (Davidson 1987, at p.
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