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

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

By: Sandro Nannini (author), Christoph Lumer (editor)Hardback

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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. This book brings together a collection of specially commissioned essays from internationally prestigious scholars in the field and represents the state of the art in contemporary philosophy of action. The book is divided into three parts: i. conceptual work about what actions, intentions and intentional actions are; ii. empirical theory of practical deliberation; and iii.theories about the action theoretic features of autonomy. The volume significantly advances these three lines of research and offers important new contributions to each of them.

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Christoph Lumer and Sandro Nannini are both Professors of Philosophy at the University of Siena, Italy.


Contents: Preface; Introduction: the action-theoretic basis of practical philosophy, Christoph Lumer. Part I Action, Intention, Intentionality: Folk concepts, surveys and intentional action, Frederick Adams and Annie Steadman; Action and responsibility a " a 2nd look at ascriptivism, Ralf Stoecker; Action theory and cognitive turn: how can the content of intentions contribute to causing actions?, Sandro Nannini; What do deviant causal chains deviate from?, Geert Keil; The double failure of 'double effect', Neil Roughley. Part II Action-Theoretical Conceptions of Practical Deliberation: The will and the good, Hugh J. McCann; The grounds and structure of reasons for action, Robert Audi; An empirical theory of practical reasons and its use for practical philosophy, Christoph Lumer; Anchors for deliberation, Michael E. Bratman. Part III Action-Theoretical Approaches to Freedom, Autonomy and Responsibility: Autonomy for real people, Michael Quante; Forming the will freely, Gottfried Seebass; An action can be both uncaused and up to the agent, Carl Ginet; Free will: action theory meets neuroscience, Alfred R. Mele; Belief and moral responsibility, Carlos J. Moya; Autonomy and weakness of will, Thomas Spitzley: Indexes.

Product Details

  • publication date: 28/10/2007
  • ISBN13: 9780754660583
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 326
  • ID: 9780754660583
  • weight: 630
  • ISBN10: 0754660583

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