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Essays on Actions and Events

Donald Davidson


This volume collects Davidson's seminal contributions to the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of action. Its overarching thesis is that the ordinary concept of causality we employ to render physical processes intelligible should also be employed in describing and explaining human action. In the first of three subsections into which the papers are thematically organized, Davidson uses causality to give novel analyses of acting for a reason, of intending, weakness of will, and freedom of will. The second section provides the formal and ontological framework for those analyses. In particular ... More

Keywords: action explanation, anomalous monism, antireductionism, constitutive ideal of rationality, causality, events, intending, logical form, psychophysical laws, weakness of will

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199246274
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199246270.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald Davidson, author
University of California, Berkeley