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How We Act: Causes, Reasons, and Intentions

Berent Enç


Attempts to answer the question of whether it is possible to understand agency as realized within a world construed ‘naturalistically’, that is, in terms of causal relations among events and states of affairs, or whether an adequate ontology requires sui generis acts that are essentially voluntary, such as volitions or agent-causation. Berent Enç defends the possibility of naturalizing agency via a causal theory of action (CTA). In doing that, he develops his key notion of basic action (Chs 2 and 3); he offers a ‘general and original’ solution to the problem of causal deviance (Ch. 4); and, he ... More

Keywords: agency, agent-causation, autonomy, basic action, causality, causal deviance, causal theory of action, deliberation, Enç, freedom, intentions, naturalism, ontology, practical reasoning, volitions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199256020
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199256020.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Berent Enç, author
formerly Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison