Springs of Action: Understanding Intentional Behavior

Hardcover | August 1, 1995

byAlfred R. Mele

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Tackling some central problems in the philosophy of action, Mele constructs an explanatory model for intentional behavior, locating the place and significance of such mental phenomena as beliefs, desires, reason, and intentions in the etiology of intentional action. Part One comprises acomprehensive examination of the standard treatments of the relations between desires, beliefs, and actions. In Part Two, Mele goes on to develop a subtle and well-defended view that the motivational role of intentions is of a different sort from that of beliefs and desires. Mele, also offers aprovocative explanation of how we come to have intentions and elaborates on his earlier work concerning akratic failures of will.

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Tackling some central problems in the philosophy of action, Mele constructs an explanatory model for intentional behavior, locating the place and significance of such mental phenomena as beliefs, desires, reason, and intentions in the etiology of intentional action. Part One comprises acomprehensive examination of the standard treatme...

Alfred R. Mele is at Davidson College.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.62 × 5.75 × 1.1 inPublished:August 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019507114X

ISBN - 13:9780195071146

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"A discussion rich in helpful commentary on some of the major issues in contemporary action theory."--The Thomist