Is What Is Done Done? On Regret and Remorse

Peijnenburg, Jeanne
September 2005
Journal of Mind & Behavior;Autumn2005, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p219
Academic Journal
Often, regret implies the wish not to have performed certain actions. In this article I claim that this wish can to some extent be fulfilled: it is possible, in a sense, to influence the character of actions that have already been performed. This possibility arises from combining a first person perspective with an outlook on actions as expressions of tendencies, where tendencies are identified on the basis of a number of actions. The idea is specified within the framework of Carnapian reduction sentences, but this technique is in no sense mandatory: it can be formulated in other vocabularies as well.


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