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Reasons and Purposes: Human Rationality and the Teleological Explanation of Action

Reasons and Purposes: Human Rationality and the Teleological Explanation of Action

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Preface; 1. PURPOSES, CAUSES, AND REASONS EXPLANATIONS; 1. Purposes; 2. Reasons and Causes; 3. Causes and Causal Explanations; 2. NON TELELOGICAL EXPLANATIONS OF ACTIONS; 4. The Argument for 'The Humean Theory of Motivation'; 5. Are 'Causal' Explanations Unavoidable?; 3. TELEOLOGICAL EXPLANATIONS OF ACTIONS; 6. The Need for Teleological Explanaations; 7. Character Traits; 4. EXPLAINING IN TERMS OF THE AGENT'S REASONING; 8. Problems with the Practical Syllogism; 9. Practical Reasoning and the Explanation of Actions; 10. Practical Reasoning and Evaluations; 11. The Principle of Charity; 5. THE INHERENTLY NORMATIVE NATURE OF ACTION EXPLANATIONS; 12. Normative Explanations I: The Deliberative Model; 13. Normative Explanations II: The Agent's Perspective; Bibliography
People act for reasons. That is how we understand ourselves. But what is it to act for a reason? This is what Fred Schueler investigates. He rejects the dominant view that the beliefs and desires that constitute our reasons for acting simply cause us to act as we do, and argues instead for a view centred on practical deliberation, our ability to evaluate the reasons we accept. Schueler's account of 'reasons explanations' emphasizes the relation betweenreasons and purposes, and the fact that the reasons for an action are not always good reasons.

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Autor: G. F. Schueler
ISBN-13: 9780199278459
ISBN: 0199278458
Einband: Taschenbuch
Seiten: 174
Gewicht: 245 g
Format: 216x167x11 mm
Sprache: Englisch

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Autor: G. F. Schueler
ISBN-13:: 9780199278459
ISBN: 0199278458
Erscheinungsjahr: 01.05.2005
Verlag: OXFORD UNIV PR
Gewicht: 245g
Seiten: 174
Sprache: Englisch
Sonstiges: Taschenbuch, 216x167x11 mm