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Reasons and purposes : human rationality and the teleological explanation of action

Author: G F Schueler
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
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"People do things for reasons. But philosophers have disagreed sharply about how 'reasons explanations' of actions actually work and hence about their implications for human freedom and autonomy. The dominant view in contemporary philosophy is the (Humean) idea that the beliefs and desires that constitute our reasons for acting simply cause us to act as we do." "G. F. Schueler seeks to replace such causal views,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: G F Schueler
ISBN: 0199250375 9780199250370
OCLC Number: 50560434
Description: xii, 174 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. 1. Purposes, Causes, and Reasons Explanations Purposes --
2. Reasons and Causes --
3. Causes and Causal Explanations --
4. 2. Non Telelogical Explanations of Actions The Argument for 'The Humean Theory of Motivation' --
5. Are 'Causal' Explanations Unavoidable? --
6. 3. Teleological Explanations of Actions The Need for Teleological Explanaations --
7. Character Traits --
8. 4. Explaining in Terms of the Agent's Reasoning Problems with the Practical Syllogism --
9. Practical Reasoning and the Explanation of Actions --
10. Practical Reasoning and Evaluations --
11. The Principle of Charity --
12. 5. The Inherently Normative Nature of Action Explanations Normative Explanations I: The Deliberative Model --
13. Normative Explanations II: The Agent's Perspective
Responsibility: G.F. Schueler.
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People act for reasons. But what is it to act for a reason? This is what the author investigates. He rejects the dominant view that the beliefs and desires that constitute our reasons for acting  Read more...

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