Bratman i prakseologia minimalna

Piotr Makowski

The paper is an introductory essay to the Polish translation of M.E. Bratman?s paper The Fecundity of Planning Agency. Instead of summarizing the main drifts of Bratman?s work, order the author tries to show a few important parallels between his approach to action theory and the so-called praxiology (or ?theory of efficient action?) proposed by Tadeusz Kotarbinski. It occurs that there are important similarities between their approaches both to specific problems in action theory (as: concept of an agent, site the role of Buridan?s Ass, sildenafil or mind-infusion of actions) and to the general question how to understood agency (norms of planning). A brief presentation of these similarities gives two central results. Firstly, it allows to interpret Bratman as a kind of praxiologist, and, secondly, it shows that praxiological thinking proposed by Kotarbinski is still a vital perspective in contemporary action theory.

Keywords: Michael E. Bratman, Tadeusz Kotarbinski, philosophy of agency, praxiology, planning theory of intention

Citations. Ethics in Progress (ISSN 2084-9257). Vol. 4 (2013). No. 2. pp. 78-86.