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Substance and Cause

Randolph Clarke

in Libertarian Accounts of Free Will

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780195159875
eISBN:
9780199835010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019515987X.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The chief difficulty for agent-causal accounts lies in defending the notion of agent causation. Either of two types of realist account of causation can be drawn on to explicate the claim that ... More


Agency, Substance Causation, and Top-Down Causation

Helen Steward

in A Metaphysics for Freedom

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199552054
eISBN:
9780191738838
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199552054.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind

In this chapter, it is explained in what sense the book’s view of agency is, and in what sense it is not, a version of agent causationism. The chapter responds to certain criticisms of agent ... More


How agent-causation works III: from causal powers to agent-causation

Erasmus Mayr

in Understanding Human Agency

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199606214
eISBN:
9780191731631
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606214.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

On the basis of the theory of powers defended in the preceding chapters, an account of substance-causation and agent-causation is developed. First, the crucial distinction between active and passive ... More


Substance Causation, Powers, and Human Agency

E. J. Lowe

in Mental Causation and Ontology

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199603770
eISBN:
9780191747670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603770.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind

Within the general framework of a powers-based theory of substance causation, the human will is argued to be a unique kind of spontaneous power, distinguished by the facts that it is a two-way ... More


Buddhist Reductionist Action Theory

Mark Siderits

in A Mirror Is for Reflection: Understanding Buddhist Ethics

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2017
ISBN:
9780190499778
eISBN:
9780190499792
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190499778.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

This essay develops the theory of action presupposed by Buddhist Reductionists. Their account uses the theory of two truths to reconcile the folk theory of human action with the Buddhist claim that ... More


Free Will and Metaphysics

Timothy O’Connor

in Libertarian Free Will: Contemporary Debates

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780199860081
eISBN:
9780190200008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860081.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Moral Philosophy

This chapter argues for an agent-causal libertarian account. According to this account of free will, a person’s free and responsible actions are caused by her as a substance, where causation by a ... More


Reasons and Divine Action: A Dilemma

Rebekah L. H. Rice

in Free Will and Theism: Connections, Contingencies, and Concerns

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780198743958
eISBN:
9780191803956
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198743958.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Many theistic philosophers conceive of God’s activity in agent-causal terms. That is, they view divine action as an instance of (perhaps the paradigm case of) substance causation. At the same time, ... More


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