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Individual action

edited by Ghita Holmström-Hintikka and Raimo Tuomela

(Synthese library, v. 266 . Contemporary action theory ; v. 1)

Springer-Science+Business Media, c1997

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"Originally published by Kluwer Academic Publishers in 1997" -- T.p. verso

Includes bibliographical references and index

Description and Table of Contents


Contemporary Action Theory, Volume I (Individual Action) is concerned with topics in philosophical action theory such as reasons and causes of action, intentions, freedom of will and of action, omissions and norms in legal and ethical contexts, as well as activity, passivity and competence from medical points of view. Cognitive trying, freedom of the will and agent causation are challenges in the discussion on computers in action. The Volume consists of contributions by leading experts in the field written specifically for this volume. No comparable volume currently exists.

Table of Contents

  • Preface. Introduction. Explanation and Understanding of Actions
  • G.H. von Wright. Von Wright and Collingwood on Causation and the Explanation of Human Action
  • R. Martin. Metaphysical Foundations of Action Explanation
  • A. Marras. Reasons as Causes for Action
  • G. Wilson. On States, Actions, Omissions and Norms
  • R. Hilpinen. Actions in Action
  • G. Holmstroem-Hintikka. Passive Action
  • A.R. Mele. On Ability, Opportunity and Competence: An Inquiry into People's Possibility for Action
  • L. Nordenfelt. Actions and Inconsistency: The Closure Problem of Practical Reasoning
  • D. Walton. Intending and Its Place in the Theory of Action
  • R. Audi. Intention and Intentional Action
  • M. Brand. On When the Will is Free H.J. McCann. When is an Action Free? G. Seebass. Naturalising Mental Action
  • J. Bishop. Doing Without Happenings: Three Theories of Action
  • D.-H. Ruben. Cognitive Trying
  • F. Adams. Index of Names. List of Contributors. Table of Contents of Volume II: Social Action.

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    xvii, 317 p.
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