Mental Actions

Hardcover | July 25, 2009

EditorLucy Obrien, Matthew Soteriou

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This volume investigates the neglected topic of mental action, and shows its importance for the metaphysics, epistemology, and phenomenology of mind. Twelve specially written essays address such questions as the following: Which phenomena should we count as mental actions -- imagining,remembering, judging, for instance? How should we explain our knowledge of our mental actions, and what light does that throw on self-knowledge in general? What contributions do mental actions make to our consciousness? What is the relationship between the voluntary and the active, in the mentalsphere? What are the similarities and differences between mental and physical action, and what can we learn about each from the other?

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This volume investigates the neglected topic of mental action, and shows its importance for the metaphysics, epistemology, and phenomenology of mind. Twelve specially written essays address such questions as the following: Which phenomena should we count as mental actions -- imagining,remembering, judging, for instance? How should we e...

Lucy O'Brien is Reader in Philosophy at University College London. Matthew Soteriou is Lecturer in Philosophy at Warwick University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:July 25, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199225982

ISBN - 13:9780199225989

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1. Matthew Soteriou: Introduction2. Al Mele: Mental Action: A Case Study3. Fabian Dorsch: Judging and the Scope of Mental Agency4. John Gibbons: Reason in Action5. Thomas Pink: Reason, Voluntariness and Moral Responsibility6. David Owens: Freedom and Practical Judgement7. Pamela Hieronymi: Two Kinds of Agency8. Brian O'Shaughnessy: Trying and Acting9. Thomas Crowther: Perceptual Activity and the Will10. Christopher Peacocke: Mental Action and Self-Awareness (II): Epistemology11. Lucy O'Brien: Mental Actions and the No-Content Problem12. Matthew Soteriou: Mental Agency, Conscious Thinking and Phenomenal Character13. Joelle Proust: Is There a Sense of Agency for Thought?