Causing Human Actions New Perspectives on the Causal Theory of Action

ISBN-10: 0262514761
ISBN-13: 9780262514767
Edition: 2010
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Description: The causal theory of action (CTA) is widely recognized in the literature of the philosophy of action as the "standard story" of human action and agency-the nearest approximation in the field to a theoretical orthodoxy. This volume brings together  More...

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Book details

List price: $37.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 8/20/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990

The causal theory of action (CTA) is widely recognized in the literature of the philosophy of action as the "standard story" of human action and agency-the nearest approximation in the field to a theoretical orthodoxy. This volume brings together leading figures working in action theory today to discuss issues relating to the CTA and its applications, which range from experimental philosophy to moral psychology. Some of the contributors defend the theory while others criticize it; some draw from historical sources while others focus on recent developments; some rely on the tools of analytic philosophy while others cite the latest empirical research on human action. All agree, however, on the centrality of the CTA in the philosophy of action. The contributors first consider metaphysical issues, then reasons-explanations of action, and, finally, new directions for thinking about the CTA. They discuss such topics as the tenability of some alternatives to the CTA; basic causal deviance; the etiology of action; teleologism and anticausalism; and the compatibility of the CTA with theories of embodied cognition. Two contributors engage in an exchange of views on intentional omissions that stretches over four essays, directly responding to each other in their follow-up essays. As the action-oriented perspective becomes more influential in philosophy of mind and philosophy of cognitive science, this volume offers a long-needed debate over foundational issues. Contributors: Fred Adams, Jesus H. Aguilar, John Bishop, Andrei A. Buckareff, Randolph Clarke, Jennifer Hornsby, Alicia Juarrero, Alfred R. Mele, Michael S. Moore, Thomas Nadelhoffer, Josef Perner, Johannes Roessler, David-Hillel Ruben, Carolina Sartorio, Michael Smith, Rowland Stout

Jes�s H. Aguilar is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Andrei A. Buckareff is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Marist College.

Preface
The Causal Theory of Action: Origins and Issues
Renewed Questions about the Causal Theory of Action
The Standard Story of Action: An Exchange (1)
The Standard Story of Action: An Exchange (2)
Skepticism about Natural Agency and the Causal Theory of Action
Agential Systems, Causal Deviance, and Reliability
What are You Causing in Acting?
Omissions and Causalism
Intentional Omissions
Comments on Clarke's "Intentional Omissions"
Reply to Sartorio
Causal and Deliberative Strength of Reasons for Action: The Case of Con-Reasons
Teleological Explanations of Actions: Anticausalism versus Causalism
Teleology and Causal Understanding in Children's Theory of Mind
Action Theory Meets Embodied Cognition
Intentions as Complex Dynamical Attractors
The Causal Theory of Action and the Still Puzzling Knobe Effect
References
Contributors
Index

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