Essays on Actions and Events: Philosophical Essays Volume 1

Paperback | October 1, 2001

byDonald Davidson

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Donald Davidson has prepared a new edition of his classic 1980 collection of Essays on Actions and Events, including two additional essays. In this seminal investigation of the nature of human action, Davidson argues for an ontology which includes events along with persons and other objects.Certain events are identified and explained as actions when they are viewed as caused and rationalized by reasons; these same events, when described in physical, biological, or physiological terms, may be explained by appeal to natural laws. The mental and the physical thus constitute irreduciblydiscrete ways of explaining and understanding events and their causal relations.Among the topics discussed are: freedom to act; weakness of the will; the logical form of talk about actions, intentions, and causality; the logic of practical reasoning; Hume's theory of the indirect passions; and the nature and limits of decision theory. The introduction, cross-references, andappendices emphasize the relations between the essays and explain how Davidson's views have developed.

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Donald Davidson has prepared a new edition of his classic 1980 collection of Essays on Actions and Events, including two additional essays. In this seminal investigation of the nature of human action, Davidson argues for an ontology which includes events along with persons and other objects.Certain events are identified and explained a...

Donald Davidson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. Donald Davidson is Willis S. and Marion Slusser Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and educated at Harvard, completing his Ph.D. in classical philosophy after serving in the ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:October 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Provenance of the Essays and AcknowledgmentsIntroductionIntention and Action1. Actions, Reasons, and Causes (1963)2. How is Weakness of the Will Possible? (1969)3. Agency (1971)4. Freedom to Act (1973)5. Intending (1978)Event and Cause6. The Logical Form of Action Sentences (1967)Criticism, Comment, and Defence7. Causal Relations (1967)8. The Individuation of Events (1969)9. Events as Particulars (1970)10. Eternal vs. Ephemeral Events (1971)Philosophy of Psychology11. Mental Events (1970)Appendix: Emeroses by Other Names (1966)12. Psychology as Philosophy (1974)Comments and Replies13. The Material Mind (1973)14. Hempel on Explaining Action (1976)15. Hume's Cognitive Theory of Pride (1976)Appendix A: Adverbs of Action (1985)Appendix B: Reply to Quine on Events (1985)Index, Bibliography

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`Review from previous edition 'it must be said that this is one of the most impressive works of analytical philosophy to appear for a good many years... The positions adopted are argued for with an extraordinarily sustained seriousness and determination... the work will become, and deserves tobecome, a classic in its field.''Peter Strawson, Times Literary Supplement