Elizabeth Soto
Actions, Reasons and Causes

In this essay Davidson explains the relationship between reason and action. He states that rationalization is a "species of casual explanation" and breaks it down. The explanation of why someone did something cannot be fulfilled by just implying that the subject just wanted to do it. Whenever someone does something there has to be a reason a long with some sort of pro attitude coming from the subject. This is called Primary reason. The desire of an action and the actual sta te ment of the action ar e independent. A subject can have the intentions of doing something which makes the reason of the action intentional. Reasons of action can vary depending of the type of situation and context. Many subjects tend to answer the question "What did you do it?" with the answer "For no reason". This is technically not true. There is always a reason but sometimes is there not further reason besides wanting to do it. Every primary reason has a belief and an attitude behind it. In some cases, the context and the attitude on which the action is being done, expresses the primary reason of the action. So is not necessary to actually state the action and the reason of it. Intention leads to wanting and wanting to action. "To know a primary reason why someone acted as he did is to know an intention with which the action was done" (Davidson, 7). Even though intention is connected with the primary reason is does not explain it fully detail. Sometimes the primary reason may be unknown but we have the knowledge that there is a primary reason.

The primary reason for something does not have to be the primary reason of results caused by the original action. We can say we did something for X reason but the intention of the action is what really describes the reason of it. For example: Rob can say he drove his mom to work because she needed a ride but actually his intentions were to go somewhere else on the car after that. Intention of an action can also be the expectations of the consequences caused by the action. Intentions/desires lead to actions and actions lea to consequences. Intentions go hand in hand with the desire and all of these lead to the action.