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Springs of Action : Understanding Intentional Behavior - Alfred R. Mele

Springs of Action

Understanding Intentional Behavior

Hardcover Published: 6th February 1992
ISBN: 9780195071146
Number Of Pages: 288

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Tackling some central problems in the philosophy of action, Mele constructs an explanatory model for intentional behavior, locating the place and significance of such mental phenomena as beliefs, desires, reasons, and intentions in the etiology of intentional action.
In the first part, Mele illuminates the connection between desire and action and defends detailed characterizations of irresistible desires and reasons for action. Mele argues for the viability of a causal approach to the explanation of intentional action in terms of psychological states and events, paying special attention to recent worries about the causal relevance of the mental.
In Part Two, Mele goes on to develop a subtle and well-defended view that the motivational role of intentions is of a different sort from that of beliefs and desires. Mele's account, based largely on a careful study of the functions of intentions, presents intentions as states irreducible to collections of beliefs and desires which hinge on their executive and representational features.
Springs of Action will be of interest not only to philosophers of action, but also to those interested in the philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and ethics.

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"Offers an excellent review of much of the recent literature in action theory. Philosophers and psychologists how do research in the philosophy of mind will find this book "engaging."--Choice "A discussion rich in helpful commentary on some of the major issues in contemporary action theory."--The Thomist "Offers an excellent review of much of the recent literature in action theory. Philosophers and psychologists how do research in the philosophy of mind will find this book "engaging."--Choice "A discussion rich in helpful commentary on some of the major issues in contemporary action theory."--The Thomist

Introductionp. 3
Mental Causationp. 11
Wanting and Wanting Mostp. 46
P1* and the Plasticity of Motivational Strengthp. 79
Irresistible Desiresp. 86
Effective Reasonsp. 104
Transition: Introducing Intentionsp. 121
Intention, Belief, and Intentional Actionp. 128
Executive States: Settling Thingsp. 154
The Executive Dimension of Proximal Intentionsp. 172
Intention's Contentp. 197
Acquiring Intentionsp. 228
Conclusion: An Unsuccessful Brief Against "Causalism"p. 242
Referencesp. 257
Indexp. 267
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ISBN: 9780195071146
ISBN-10: 019507114X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 6th February 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.64 x 15.55  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.48

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