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    The causal and deliberative strength of reasons for action

    Ruben, David-Hillel (2010) The causal and deliberative strength of reasons for action. In: Aguilar, J.H. and Buckareff, A.A. (eds.) Causing Human Action: New Perspectives on the Causal Theory of Action. Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA: The MIT Press. ISBN 9780262514767.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: The causal theory of action (CTA) is widely recognized in the literature of the philosophy of action as the "standard story" of human action and agency—the nearest approximation in the field to a theoretical orthodoxy. This volume brings together leading figures working in action theory today to discuss issues relating to the CTA and its applications, which range from experimental philosophy to moral psychology. Some of the contributors defend the theory while others criticize it; some draw from historical sources while others focus on recent developments; some rely on the tools of analytic philosophy while others cite the latest empirical research on human action. All agree, however, on the centrality of the CTA in the philosophy of action. The contributors first consider metaphysical issues, then reasons-explanations of action, and, finally, new directions for thinking about the CTA. They discuss such topics as the tenability of some alternatives to the CTA; basic causal deviance; the etiology of action; teleologism and anticausalism; and the compatibility of the CTA with theories of embodied cognition. Two contributors engage in an exchange of views on intentional omissions that stretches over four essays, directly responding to each other in their follow-up essays. As the action-oriented perspective becomes more influential in philosophy of mind and philosophy of cognitive science, this volume offers a long-needed debate over foundational issues.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Philosophy
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2014 17:11
    Last Modified: 04 Dec 2014 17:11
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/11256

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