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Agents and Their Actions

Maximilian de Gaynesford (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-33908-6 August 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 152 Pages



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

Notes on Contributors vi

Preface vii

1 Reasons for Action and Practical Reasoning 1
Maria Alvarez

2 Ambivalence and Authentic Agency 20
Laura W. Ekstrom

3 The Road to Larissa 39
John Hyman

4 What is the Content of an Intention in Action? 61
John McDowell

5 Being in the World 79
Joseph Raz

6 Moral Scepticism and Agency: Kant and Korsgaard 99
Robert Stern

7 Speech, Action and Uptake 121
Maximilian de Gaynesford

Index 138