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    Dualism in action

    Hornsby, Jennifer (1998) Dualism in action. In: O'Hear, A. (ed.) Current Issues in Philosophy of Mind. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 43. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 377-401. ISBN 0521632971.

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    We know what one dualist account of human action looks like, because Descartes gave us one. I want to explore the extent ot which presnet-day accounts of physical action are vulnerable to the charges that may be made against Descartes's dualist account. I once put forward an account of human action, and I have always maintained that my view about the basic shape of a correct ‘theory of aciton’ can be combined with a thoroughgoing opposition to dualism. But the possibility of the combination has been doubted and it will remain doubtful until we have a better understanding of what makes an account objectionably dualistic. In this paper, I hope to deflect some of the criticims aimed what I shall call my account, and to show that when they are turned onto their proper path their actual target is some physicalist accounts.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): dualism, volitionism, trying to
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Jen Hornsby
    Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2016 15:20
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:22


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