Action, Intention, and Reason

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"In this collection of essays, Audi develops a general theory of action ranging from the nature of action and action-explanation to free and rational action. . . . Audi employs a host of subtle distinctions and carefully crafted arguments in defending a unified position on the major issues in action theory. In his characteristically lucid prose, he makes vivid the location of those issues at the intersection of ethics, metaphysics, and the philosophy of mind. . . . [This volume] will make a lasting contribution to the literature in action theory."—Alfred R. Mele, Mind

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Three new essays and 11 others published since 1971 develop and defend a general position on action theory that is intentionalist about the nature of action, causal and nomic about explanations of action, compatibilist about free action and moral responsibility, internalist about the grounds of rational actions, and holistic about the nature of rationality. Paper edition (8105-8), $17.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801481055
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1993
  • Series: 5/29/2009
  • Pages: 362

Table of Contents

Preface
Overview: Reason in Action 1
The Intentionalistic Grounds of Action 4
Explanation by Reasons 11
Freedom, Determinism, and the Scope of Responsibility 17
Reason, Value, and the Rationality of Agents 23
Pt. I Desire, Intention, and Volition
1 The Concept of Wanting 35
2 Intending 56
3 Volition and Agency 74
Pt. II The Explanation of Action
4 Intentionalistic Explanations of Action 109
5 Wants and Intentions in the Explanation of Action 120
6 Acting for Reasons 145
Pt. III Freedom, Responsibility, and the Causation of Action
7 Moral Responsibility, Freedom, and Compulsion 181
8 Self-Deception and Practical Reasoning 209
9 Responsible Action and Virtuous Character 231
10 Modalities of Knowledge and Freedom 253
Pt. IV Rational Action
11 Rationality and Valuation 281
12 Weakness of Will and Rational Action 319
13 An Internalist Conception of Rational Action 334
Index 353
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