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Action theory is an area in philosophy concerned with theories about the processes causing intentional human bodily movements of more or less complex kind. This area of thought has attracted the strong interest of philosophers ever since Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics . With the advent of psychology and later neuroscience, many theories of action are now subject to empirical testing.

Philosophical action theory, or the 'philosophy of action', should not be confused with sociological theories of social action, such as the action theory established by Talcott Parsons.

Basic action theory typically describes action as behavior caused by an agent in a particular situation. The agent's desires and beliefs lead to bodily behavior . In the simple theory , the desire and belief jointly cause the action. Michael Bratman has raised problems for such a view and argued that we should take the concept of intention as basic and not analyzable into beliefs and desires.

Wikipedia, Action, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_(philosophy) (as of Apr 1, 2010)

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