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Action, as a concept in philosophy, is what an agent can do, as for instance humans as agents can do. The philosopher Socrates about to take poison hemlock as ordered by the court. ... Agency considered in the philosophical sense is the capacity of an agent to act in a world. ...

Throwing a baseball, which involves intention and coordinated bodily movement, is an action. Catching a cold is not usually considered an action, because it is something which happens to a person, not something done by one. Other events are less clearly defined as actions or not. Deciding to do something might be considered an action by some, yet by others it is not an action unless the decision is carried out. Unsuccessfully trying to do something might also not be considered an action, since the intention was not completed. Believing, intending, and thinking might also be considered actions, yet because they refer to purely internal states, such a classification is not universally agreed upon. Some would prefer to define actions as involving bodily movement (see behaviorism). Even mere existence might be classified as an action by some. The effects of actions might be considered actions, in certain situations; for example, poisoning a well, which thus introduces a moral dimension to the discussion (see also Moral agency). If the poisoned water resulted in a death, that death might be considered an action on the person who poisoned a well, whether classified as a single act or two acts. The classification of actions can become even less clear when the effect of the action is contrary to the intention, such as accidentally curing a person of an unknown disease while intending to kill them by poisoning the well. Look up decision in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article refers to the use of the word Try in rugby football terminology. ... Look up belief in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... An agents intention in performing an action is their specific purpose in doing so, the end or goal they aim at, or intend to accomplish. ... Personification of thought (Greek Εννοια) in Celsus Library in Ephesos, Turkey Thought or thinking is a mental process which allows beings to model the world, and so to deal with it effectively according to their goals, plans, ends and desires. ... With regard to living things, a body is the integral physical material of an individual. ... Behaviorism (also called learning perspective) is a philosophy of psychology based on the proposition that all things which organisms do—including acting, thinking and feeling—can and should be regarded as behaviors. ... There is no universally accepted theory of what the word existence means. ... Effect can be used in several different ways: Cause and effect are the relata of causality In movies and other media, sound effects are artificially created or enhanced sounds. ... A moral is a one sentence remark made at the end of many childrens stories that expresses the intended meaning, or the moral message, of the tale. ... Debate is a formalized system of (usually) logical argument. ... Moral agency is a term used to denote somebody that has a capacity for making moral judgments and for taking actions that comport with morality. ...

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Philosophical action theory is concerned with conjectures about the processes causing intentional (wilful) human bodily movements of more or less complex kind. ... In psychology, and the cognitive sciences more generally, enactivism is a theoretical approach to understanding the mind. ... Praxeology is the science of human action. ... In sociology, social action refer to any action that takes into account actions and reactions of another individuals (real or imagined) and is modified based on those events. ...

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A primary concern of the theory of action in philosophy is to demarcate actions from other doings.
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