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Action Reconceptualized : Human Agency and Its Sources (Hardcover) (David K. Chan)
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The concept of action that requires philosophical analysis is one that concerns behavior that is characteristically found in humans. In this book, the sources of human agency that have been proposed in causal theories of action, namely desire, intention, and trying, are examined and distinguished from each other in terms of their roles in practical reasoning and motivation. They are conceptualized in relation to each other in a way that is consistent and useful for answering a number of questions that are central to the philosophy of action. The action theory in this book addresses the need to understand human agency for its own sake, but it also serves another purpose. When the philosopher Elizabeth Anscombe stressed the need to do philosophy of action before doing ethical theory, what she meant was that moral philosophers should first work out a proper account of the relation between the inner states of a person, and the actions that she performs. This book provides such an account, and the concepts that are articulated earlier in the book are used in the last chapter to make the case that it is desire, rather than intention, that is the basis for the ethical evaluation of an agent.
Number of Pages: 213
Sub-Genre: Ethics + Moral Philosophy
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
Author: David K. Chan
Street Date: May 11, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-20-8128
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