Mind in Action

Hardcover | November 1, 1997

byBede Rundle

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Bede Rundle challenges the quasi-mechanical view of human action that is dominant in contemporary philosophy of mind. A materialist view of the mind and a causal theory of action fit together conveniently: the notion of action as caused by thoughts and desires allows philosophers toaccommodate explanations of action within a framework that is congenial to scientific understanding, and the conception of mind as physical enables them to make sense of causal transactions between the two domains. Mind in Action offers an alternative approach. Compelling reasons are given fordemoting causation and for shifting the emphasis to the role played by behaviour in accounts of thought, belief, desire, intention, freedom, and other key concepts. Rundle's approach sheds fresh light not only on human behaviour but also on animal mentality, and has important implications for thefeasibility of current programmes in cognitive science.

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Bede Rundle challenges the quasi-mechanical view of human action that is dominant in contemporary philosophy of mind. A materialist view of the mind and a causal theory of action fit together conveniently: the notion of action as caused by thoughts and desires allows philosophers toaccommodate explanations of action within a framewor...

Bede Rundle is Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at Trinity College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:314 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.91 inPublished:November 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Mental Antecedents of Action2. Mind and Brain3. Mind, Animals, and Behaviour4. Reasoning and Language.5. Intention and Desire6. Action7. Reasoning, Deciding, and Intending8. Reasons and Consciousness9. FreedomBibliography. Index.

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`The book is full of careful, detailed, sometimes terse and difficult, but never dogmatic discussions of the central concepts concerned with thought and action, including animal mentality and behaviour ... more than just revisiting old, familiar places; it is relocating some old truths ...This is a welcome book.'Graeme Marshall, Australasian Journal of Philosophy Vol 77 no 3 September 1999