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David-Hillel Ruben

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198235880

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198235880.001.0001

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Theories of Action and an Introduction to the Causal Theory of Action

Theories of Action and an Introduction to the Causal Theory of Action

(p.77) 3 Theories of Action and an Introduction to the Causal Theory of Action
Action and its Explanation

Ruben David-Hillel

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the idea of a particular sort of philosophical naturalism — folk naturalism — and explains what this doctrine says about action. It describes its commitment to a reconstructive analysis of action in folk terms, but ones thought to be acceptable to the naturalist. It proposes three theories of action, pointing out a crucial assumption that all three share, and then focuses on the theory favoured by folk naturalism, the causal theory of action. The chapter explains some of its main ideas and, in particular, focuses on the requirement of rationalization that is part of the causal theory's requirements for action.

Keywords:   philosophy of action, folk naturalism, causal theory of action, rationalization

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