Intentionality, Deliberation and Autonomy: The Action-theoretic Basis of Practical Philosophy

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Christoph Lumer, Sandro Nannini
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Jan 1, 2007 - Philosophy - 311 pages
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Many important thinkers in the philosophical tradition, like Aristotle or Hume, have used an explicit theory of action as the basis of their respective normative theories of practical rationality and morality. The idea behind this architecture of theories is that action theory can inform us about the origin, bonds, reach and limits of practical reason. The aim of this book is to revive this direct connection between action theory and practical philosophy, in particular to provide systematic action-theoretical underpinnings for the discussion about the normative structure of practical reason.
  

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Contents

Folk Concepts Surveys and Intentional Action
17
Action and Responsibility A Second Look at Ascriptivism
35
What Do Deviant Causal Chains Deviate From?
69
The Double Failure ofDouble Effect
91
The Will and The Good
119
The Grounds and Structure of Reasons for Action
135
An Empirical Theory of Practical Reasons and its Use
157
Anchors for Deliberation
187
ACTIONTHEORETICAL APPROACHES
207
Forming the Will Freely
227
An Action Can be Both Uncaused and Up to the Agent
243
Action Theory Meets Neuroscience
257
Belief and Moral Responsibility
273
Autonomy and Weakness of Will
289
Index of Names
303
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