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Manifest Activity : Thomas Reid's Theory of Action - Gideon Yaffe

Manifest Activity

Thomas Reid's Theory of Action

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2004
ISBN: 9780199268559
Number Of Pages: 167

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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.

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"Probing, insightful...welcome... Yaffe's book is, in my estimation, excellent: it is deftly and concisely argued, resourceful, and offers a charitable interpretation of Reid's position... Manifest Activity is a book that should delight those interested in Reid's theory of action."--Notre Dame
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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 Bibliography Indes

ISBN: 9780199268559
ISBN-10: 019926855X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 167
Published: 1st June 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.81 x 13.92  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.32