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" I A reason rationalizes an action only if it leads us to see something the agent saw, or thought he saw, in his action — some feature, consequence, or aspect of the action the agent wanted, desired, prized, held dear, thought dutiful, beneficial, obligatory,... "
Anyone Who Has a View: Theoretical Contributions to the Study of Argumentation - Page 10
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Essays on Explanation and Understanding: Studies in the Foundations of ...

Juha Manninen, Raimo Tuomela - Philosophy - 1976 - 440 pages
...reason for doing what he did" he calls a rationalization. A reason "rationalizes an action", he writes, "only if it leads us to see something the agent saw,...dear, thought dutiful, beneficial, obligatory, or agreeable."19 'Pro attitude', is intended to cover not only desires but this whole range of attitudes...
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Understanding Human Action: Social Explanation and the Vision of Social Science

Michael A. Simon - Psychology - 1982 - 226 pages
...effect acknowledges this when he says that reasons explain by "rationalizing" actions, that a reason "leads us to see something the agent saw, or thought he saw, in his action—some feature, consequence, or aspect of the action the agent wanted, desired, prized, held...
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Causal Theories of Mind: Action, Knowledge, Memory, Perception, and Reference

Steven Davis - Philosophy - 1983 - 421 pages
...redeployment, but not more or less complete abandonment of the position, as urged by many recent writers.1 I A reason rationalizes an action only if it leads us to see some thing the agent saw, or thought he saw, in his action — some feature, consequence, or aspect...
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Donald Davidson

Simon Evnine - Biography & Autobiography - 1991 - 198 pages
...look more closely at what makes some mental states a reason for an action. 'A reason,' Davidson says, 'rationalizes an action only if it leads us to see...thought dutiful, beneficial, obligatory, or agreeable' (1963, p. 3). A reason, then, must include a 'pro attitude' or, as I shall say quite generally, a desire....
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Readings in the Philosophy of Social Science

Michael Martin, Lee C. McIntyre - Science - 1994 - 785 pages
...but it does not seem necessary to abandon the position, as has been urged by many recent writers.1 A reason rationalizes an action only if it leads us...thought dutiful, beneficial, obligatory, or agreeable. We cannot explain why someone did what he did simply by saying the particular action appealed to him;...
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For the Love of Perfection: Richard Rorty and Liberal Education

René Vincente Arcilla - Education - 1995 - 170 pages
...action, like that of using a language to utter some sentence, must weave together beliefs and desires. A reason rationalizes an action only if it leads us...something the agent saw. or thought he saw, in his actions — some feature, consequence, or aspect of the action the agent wanted, desired, prized, held...
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Wittgenstein, Theory, and the Arts

Richard Allen, Malcolm Turvey - Art - 2001 - 302 pages
...science, explain by 'rationalizing' or showing the point of something for the actor or agent. They lead us 'to see something the agent saw, or thought he...consequence, or aspect of the action the agent wanted...' (Davidson 1980: 3). Further, they operate in the realm of the mental, which Davidson views as having...
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Agents and Their Actions

Rüdiger Bittner, John Hyman, Ralf Stoecker - Act (Philosophy) - 2001 - 318 pages
...felt pleasure, when what is meant is that I have some "pro attitude" toward stopping that there is "some feature, consequence, or aspect of the action...thought dutiful, beneficial, obligatory, or agreeable." [Davidson ( 1980), 3] In this wider sense, however, 'desiring to stop' denotes no particular reason...
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Donald Davidson

Kirk Ludwig - Philosophy - 2003 - 240 pages
..."rationalization is a species of causal explanation." "The primary reason for an action is its cause"; and "a reason rationalizes an action only if it leads...thought dutiful, beneficial, obligatory, or agreeable" (p. 4). When a reason is a "rationalizing" cause of an action, it is a reason for which the agent performs...
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Motivation and Agency

Alfred R. Mele - Philosophy - 2003 - 264 pages
..."rationalization is a species of causal explanation." "The primary reason for an action is its cause"; and "a reason rationalizes an action only if it leads...thought dutiful, beneficial, obligatory, or agreeable" (p. 4). When a reason is a rationalizing cause of an action, it is a reason for which the agent performs...
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