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Motivation and Agency

Alfred R. Mele


What is motivation, and what is its place in the lives of intelligent agents? This is Mele's guiding question. His search for an answer is sensitive to the theoretical concerns of philosophers of mind and action and moral philosophers, and is informed by empirical work in psychology. Mele defends answers to a web of questions about motivation and human agency, including the following: Will an acceptable moral theory make warranted conceptual or metaphysical demands of Kantian or other kinds on a theory of human motivation? Where does the motivational power of practical reasoning lie? How are r ... More

Keywords: agency, causal theory of human agency, Alfred Mele, moral theory, motivation, motivational explanation, motivational strength, philosophy, philosophy of action, philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, practical reasoning, reasons, self‐control

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195156171
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/019515617X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alfred R. Mele, author
Florida State University
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