Action and Its Explanation

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Clarendon Press, 2003 - Philosophy - 240 pages
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David-Hillel Ruben mounts a defence of some unusual and original positions in the philosophy of action. Written from a point of view out of sympathy with the assumptions of much of contemporary philosophical action theory, his book draws its inspiration from philosophers as diverse as Aristotle, Berkeley, and Marx. Ruben's work is located in the tradition of the metaphysics of action, and will attract much attention from his peers and from students in the field.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Some Preliminaries
42
Theories of Action and an Introduction to the Causal Theory
77
The Causal Theory of Action
113
More Theories
155
A Counterfactual Theory of Causal Explanation
185
Certainty and Basic
218
Bibliography 130
230
Index 139
239
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David-Hillel Ruben is at New York University and University of London.

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