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Practical Knowledge: Selected Essays

Kieran Setiya


In the last forty years, action theory has revitalized moral philosophy. Philosophers have explored the nature of agency; what is involved in acting for a reason; how we know what we are doing; the role of intention, desire, and belief in motivating action; and more. At their most ambitious, philosophers have claimed that action theory is the foundation of ethics. For rationalists or constitutivists, the standards of practical reason derive from the nature of agency as a functional or teleological kind. They are no more mysterious than the standards for being a good clock or a good heart, give ... More

Keywords: action, agency, constitutivism, ethics, intention, knowing how, practical knowledge, rationalism, rationality, reason, virtue

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190462925
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190462925.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kieran Setiya, author