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Kinds of Reasons: An Essay in the Philosophy of Action

Maria Alvarez


Understanding human beings and their distinctive rational and volitional capacities is one of the central tasks of philosophy. The task requires a clear account of such things as reasons, desires, emotions, and motives, and of how they combine to produce and explain human behaviour. Kinds of Reasons offers a fresh and incisive treatment of these issues, focusing in particular on reasons as they feature in contexts of agency. The account offered builds on some important recent work in the area; but it takes its main inspiration from the tradition that receives its seminal contemporary expressio ... More

Keywords: reasons, actions, desires, beliefs, facts, motivation, Humean theory, action explanation, practical reasoning, Anscombe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199550005
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550005.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maria Alvarez, author
University of Southampton
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