By Myles Brand, Douglas Walton
Lawsuits of the Winnipeg convention on Human motion, held at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, September 11 may possibly 1975
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Where we have two matching or isomorphic states of affairs, one will represent the other only if it is imbedded within an illocutionary act. Vendler, in Res Cogitans, speak of the modes of thought, in the Cartesian sense, as frames for thought. The referents of verbs such as doubt, intend, conclude, wonder, will be thought frames. Adopting and adapting Vendler's felicitous term, we could say that a representation is what is inside a frame. The essence of a picture is to be framed. If we take this line, then it will be true that most if not all thinking involves representing, but representing will now be dependent on framing, that is on the illocutionary acts which provide the frames, and so convert mere symmetric correspondence into asymmetric representation.
I shall conclude this initial stock-taking of volition theory with a bow and a wave of the hand to a question which raises central issues in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind, a serious treatment of which would take me far beyond the scope of this essay. How can a volition to raise one's finger have so close a conceptual tie with finger raising and yet be the cause of a finger raising? The crux of the answer must be that to specify the content of a mental act is analogous to saying what an expression means.
I cannot, however, dispense with some reflections on the topic. s I do, however, think that I was on the right track, and that in spite of serious blemishes and, on occasion, downright mistakes, the general picture was true. According to that picture, practical reasoning is genuinely, reasoning, reasoning in a full blooded sense. 24. The fundamental thesis is that one intention can imply another intention in that sense of 'imply' in which implication authorizes inference, just as one belief can imply another belief.
Action Theory: Proceedings of the Winnipeg Conference on Human Action, Held at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 9–11 May 1975 by Myles Brand, Douglas Walton