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Reasons and Purposes: Human Rationality and the Teleological Explanation of Action

G. F. Schueler


This book involves rethinking the answer to Davidson's question, ”What is the relation between a reason and an action when the reason explains the action by giving the agent's reason for doing what he did?” It focuses on the thought that practical deliberation is central to explaining human action. One common version of the widely held view that explanations of actions in terms of the agent's reasons are causal explanations understands desires and beliefs as the main causal factors and says roughly that what might be called a purely causal or ’non‐purposive’ account of desire‐belief interactio ... More

Keywords: action, causal explanation, Davidson, normative, practical deliberation, purposes, reasons, teleological explanation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199250370
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199250375.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

G. F. Schueler, author
Department of Philosophy, University of New Mexico