Action Theory

Course Information
TitleΗ θεωρία της πράξης / Action Theory
CodeΦΣΜ 126
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorChristos Ntouskos
Course ID600019860

Programme of Study: Systematic Philosophy

Registered students: 10
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses belonging to the selected specializationWinter/Spring-10

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
(a) Having completed the course, students will be familiar with the most important approaches in the analytic action theory. (b) Having completed the course, students will be familiar with the certain fundamental concepts in analytic metaphysics. (c) Having completed the course, students will have developed the skills necessary to engage with philosophical texts in the area of philosophy of action. (d) Having completed the course, students will have developed the necessary critical skills to understand and assess philosophical arguments.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Contemporary action theory is structured around a set of questions, such as the following. What is the difference between actions and events (or processes)? What are the distinctive marks of action explanation? Is the relation between an action and the agent’s mental states causal? What is a reason for action? What is the nature of intentions and what is to act intentionally? Can there be purely mental actions? We shall examine how certain established theories in the filed of analytic action theory addresses these and other questions.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment883.5
Written assigments230.9
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
O'Brien, Lilian (2015) Philosophy of Action, Palgrave Macmillan. Timothy O'Connor, Constantine Sandis (2010 A Companion to the Philosophy of Action, Wiley-Blackwell.
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