Philosophy of Action

Philosophy of Action

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Accessible and wide-ranging, this introduction to contemporary Philosophy of Action guides the reader through the major views and arguments. The topics addressed include the nature of intentional action and its explanation, the nature of reasons, the role of desire and intention in action, the nature of autonomy and the possibility of group agents.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 172 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 12.7mm | 372g
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2014 ed.
  • XV, 172 p.
  • 0230232809
  • 9780230232808

Table of contents

Preface Series Editor's Preface 1. Introduction to Intentional Action 2. Causalism and Antireductionism 3. Volitionism and Trying Theories 4. Reasons 5. From Mental to Motor Control 6. Action Explanation 7. Philosophical Psychology 8. Temptation, Control, and Autonomy 9. Agents Bibliography Index
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Review quote

"This book is published in Palgrave Macmillan's Philosophy Today series, which is supposed to provide researchers and advanced students of philosophy with an introduction to contemporary discussions in specific subfields of philosophy. ... this is a quick enjoyable read, clearly and concisely written. It gives the reader a taste of some of many fascinating issues that are being explored in contemporary philosophy of action." (Olle Blomberg, metapsychology online reviews,, Vol. 21 (3), January, 2017)
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About Lilian O'Brien

Lilian O'Brien is a Lecturer in Philosophy at University College Cork in Ireland.
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