Manifest Activity presents and critically examines the model of human power, the will, our capacities for purposeful conduct, and the place of our agency in the natural world of one of the most important and traditionally under-appreciated philosophers of the 18th century: Thomas Reid. The book examines Reid's arguments for this view and the view's implications for the nature of character, motivation and the special kind of causation involved in the production of human behavior.
Thomas Reid is widely regarded as having made important contributions to philosophy in three broad areas--the philosophy of perception, epistemology, and the theory of human action. Of Reid's contributions to philosophy, the third has been the least explored and, thus, it is especially welcome to have Gideon Yaffe's book length treatment of Reid's theory of action. Yaffe's book is, in my estimation, excellent: it is deftly and concisely argued, resourceful, and offers a charitable interpretation of Reid's position ... the book repays close study, and scholars in both early modern philosophy and contemporary action theory will have much to learn from it. Terence Cuneo, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews No one interested in the philosophy of action could fail to be intrigued by Yaffe's study of Reid. James A. Harris, TLS
Introduction: Teleoology and the Science of Action
1: From Power to Mind - An Argument from the Power to Exert
2: From Power to Mind - An Argument from the Power to do Otherwise
3: From Change to Power
4: From End-Directedness to Power
5: The Influence of Motives - The Push of Power?
6: The Influence of Motives - The Push of Law?
Conclusion: Agent-Causation and the Regress of Effort
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 1st June 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.5
Weight (kg): 0.33