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Causing Human Actions : New Perspectives on the Causal Theory of Action - Jesus H. Aguilar

Causing Human Actions

New Perspectives on the Causal Theory of Action

By: Jesus H. Aguilar (Editor), Andrei A. Buckareff (Editor)


Published: 1st October 2010
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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. Contributors: Fred Adams, Jesus H. Aguilar, John Bishop, Andrei A. Buckareff, Randolph Clarke, Jennifer Hornsby, Alicia Juarrero, Alfred R. Mele, Michael S. Moore, Thomas Nadelhoffer, Josef Perner, Johannes Roessler, David-Hillel Ruben, Carolina Sartorio, Michael Smith, Rowland Stout

The editors can be congratulated on having put together a stimulating collection of papers on a debate which, as the quality and intensity of the discussions shows, is far from exhausted.

* Analysis *

Prefacep. vii
The Causal Theory of Action: Origins and Issuesp. 1
Renewed Questions about the Causal Theory of Actionp. 27
The Standard Story of Action: An Exchange (1)p. 45
The Standard Story of Action: An Exchange (2)p. 57
Skepticism about Natural Agency and the Causal Theory of Actionp. 69
Agential Systems, Causal Deviance, and Reliabilityp. 85
What are You Causing in Acting?p. 101
Omissions and Causalismp. 115
Intentional Omissionsp. 135
Comments on Clarke's "Intentional Omissions"p. 157
Reply to Sartoriop. 161
Causal and Deliberative Strength of Reasons for Action: The Case of Con-Reasonsp. 167
Teleological Explanations of Actions: Anticausalism versus Causalismp. 183
Teleology and Causal Understanding in Children's Theory of Mindp. 199
Action Theory Meets Embodied Cognitionp. 229
Intentions as Complex Dynamical Attractorsp. 253
The Causal Theory of Action and the Still Puzzling Knobe Effectp. 277
Referencesp. 297
Contributorsp. 323
Indexp. 325
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ISBN: 9780262514767
ISBN-10: 0262514761
Series: A Bradford Book
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st October 2010
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.45