This book deals with foundational issues in the history of the nature of action, the intentionality of action, the compatibility of freedom of action with determinism, and the explanation of action. Ginet's is a volitional view: that every action has as its core a "simple" mental action. He develops a sophisticated account of the individuation of actions and also propounds a challenging version of the view that freedom of action is incompatible with determinism.
'In each case Ginet's views are subtle and sensitive to the major issues and are presented in a context of a useful discussion of alternative positions ... [His book] should be read and studied by any philosopher seriously interested in the philosophy of action.' Michael Bratman, Stanford University