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Agents and Their Actions

ISBN: 978-1-4443-4674-9
152 pages
September 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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Reflecting a recent flourishing of creative thinking in the field, Agents and Their Actions presents seven newly commissioned essays by leading international philosophers that highlight the most recent debates in the philosophy of action
  • Features seven internationally significant authors, including new work by two of philosophy's ‘super stars’, John McDowell and Joseph Raz
  • Presents the first clear indication of how John McDowell is extending his path-breaking work on intentionality and perceptual experience towards an account of action and agency
  • Covers all the major interconnections between action-agency and central areas of Philosophy: Metaphysics, Epistemology, History of Philosophy, Ethics, Logic, Philosophy of Language
  • Provides a snapshot of current debate on the subject, which is fresh, enlightening, and fruitful
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Table of Contents


1. Reasons for Action and Practical Reasoning (Maria Alvarez).

2. Ambivalence and Authentic Agency (Laura W. Ekstrom).

3. The Road to Larissa (John Hyman).

4. What is the Content of an Intention in Action? (John McDowell).

5. Joseph Raz Being in the World (Joseph Raz).

6. Moral Scepticism and Agency (Kant and Korsgaard Robert Stern).

7. Speech, Action and Uptake (Maximilian de Gaynesford).


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Author Information

Maximilian de Gaynesford is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Reading. A previous Fellow of Lincoln College Oxford, de Gaynesford is the author of I: The Meaning of the First Person Term (2006), Hilary Putnam (2006), John McDowell (2004), and a number of articles on the philosophy of mind and language, moral philosophy, and aesthetics.
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