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Taking the Agent's Point of View Seriously in Action Explanation

Jaegwon Kim

in Essays in the Metaphysics of Mind

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199585878
eISBN:
9780191595349
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585878.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics/Epistemology

“Taking the Agent's Point of View Seriously in Action Explanation” takes the ideas adumbrated in Essay 5 a step further and develops a first‐person normative account of action explanation. The paper ... More


The Explanatory Force of Reason Explanations

Rüdiger Bittner

in Doing Things for Reasons

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195143645
eISBN:
9780199833085
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195143647.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

The chapter asks how such a conception of reasons for which people do things can account for the fact that explanation of action is provided by indicating the reasons for which the thing in question ... More


Reasons and the First Person

Jaegwon Kim

in Essays in the Metaphysics of Mind

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199585878
eISBN:
9780191595349
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585878.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics/Epistemology

“Reasons and the First Person” argues that an agent's understanding of his own action should be taken as the starting point in thinking about explanation of action. An agent understands his action ... More


Reasons for Action and Action for Reasons

Alfred R. Mele

in Motivation and Agency

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195156171
eISBN:
9780199833467
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019515617X.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Investigates the connection between motivation and reasons for action. It begins with a sketch of Donald Davidson's influential version of the view that reasons for action are states of mind. It then ... More


Practical Reality

Jonathan Dancy

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199253050
eISBN:
9780191597282
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199253056.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Practical Reality is about the relation between the reasons why we do things and the reasons why we should. It claims that, in order to understand this relation, we have to abandon ... More


Weakness of Will and Practical Judgement

Sarah Stroud

in Weakness of Will and Practical Irrationality

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780199257362
eISBN:
9780191601842
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199257361.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

A practical judgement is one which enjoys an internal, necessary relation to subsequent action or intention, and which can serve as a sufficient explanation of such action or intention. Does the ... More


Intentions

Berent Enç

in How We Act: Causes, Reasons, and Intentions

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780199256020
eISBN:
9780191602238
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199256020.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter is an essay on intentions and intentional action, which focuses in particular on the relation between the rational explanations of action that cite the agent’s intentions and the ... More


Doing Things for Reasons

Rüdiger Bittner

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195143645
eISBN:
9780199833085
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195143647.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

What are the reasons for which people do things? A common answer is “the pairing of a desire and a belief within the agent”. Arguing that the desire‐belief‐theory is supported only by an old ... More


The Causal Theory of Action : Origins and Issues

Aguilar Jesús H. and Buckareff Andrei A.

in Causing Human Actions: New Perspectives on the Causal Theory of Action

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262014564
eISBN:
9780262289139
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262014564.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This introduction offers a brief historical examination of the three key stages of the development of the causal theory of action (CTA), namely, the ancient classical period represented by the work ... More


Why the Question of Animal Consciousness Might not Matter Very Much

Peter Carruthers

in Consciousness: Essays from a Higher-Order Perspective

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780199277360
eISBN:
9780191602597
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199277362.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Argues that all of the behaviours that we share with non-human animals can, and should, be explained in terms of the first-order, non-phenomenal, contents of our experiences. So, although we do have ... More


Doing Things for a Purpose, Doing Things for Fun

Rüdiger Bittner

in Doing Things for Reasons

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195143645
eISBN:
9780199833085
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195143647.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

The chapter tries to account for two kinds of cases that raise difficulties for the present conception of reasons for which people do things, namely, things done for a purpose, where the reason seems ... More


The Explanatory Power of Ethics in Aristotle's Theory of Politics and Law

Andres Rosler

in Political Authority and Obligation in Aristotle

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780199251506
eISBN:
9780191602306
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199251509.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

It takes exception to the claim that since his political theory addresses legislators and statesmen rather than citizens or subjects, Aristotle is therefore not concerned about the interests of ... More


Human Action, Consciousness, and Problems of Representation

Geeta Ramana

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780198097266
eISBN:
9780199082766
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198097266.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

The philosophical debate about whether human actions are also subject to naturalistic explanations forces us to examine the different dimensions of action. Explanations and interpretations act not ... More


Two Senses of “Why”: Traits and Reasons in the Explanation of Action

Iskra Fileva

in Questions of Character

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780199357703
eISBN:
9780199357734
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199357703.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter discusses the respective roles of traits and reasons in the explanation of action. She begins by noting that traits and reasons explanations of action are systematically connected: ... More


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