Causing Actions

Causing Actions

by Paul M. Pietroski

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Paul Pietroski presents an original philosophical theory of actions and their mental causes. We often act for reasons, deliberating and choosing among options, based on our beliefs and desires. But because bodily motions always have biochemical causes, it can seem that thinking and acting are biochemical processes. Pietroski argues that thoughts and deeds are in fact distinct from, though dependent on, underlying biochemical processes within persons.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199252763
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/21/2002
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

University of Maryland

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Actions as Inner Causes; 2. Fregean Innocence; 3. From Explanation to Causation; 4. Other Things Being Equal; 5. Personal Dualism; 6. Modal Concerns; 7. Natural Causes; Appendix: The Semantic Wages of Neuralism; Bibliography; Index.

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