The Things We Do and Why We Do Them

Hardcover | January 15, 2012

byConstantine Sandis

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The Things We Do and Why We Do Them argues against the common assumption that there is a kind of thing called "action" which all reason-giving explanation of action are geared towards. Sandis explains why all theories concerned with the form which any such explanation must take fail from the outset, and shows how various debates on the nature of so-called motivating reasons only arise because the participants all share a number of mistaken views which follow from the basic assumption under attack. In so doing, he urges philosophers and psychologists alike to stop asking whether the explanation of action is causal, and to focus instead on its multifarious objects. This book will appeal to anyone interested in motivational psychology, the reasons for which we act, and the philosophy of explanation in general.

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The Things We Do and Why We Do Them argues against the common assumption that there is a kind of thing called "action" which all reason-giving explanation of action are geared towards. Sandis explains why all theories concerned with the form which any such explanation must take fail from the outset, and shows how various debates on the...

CONSTANTINE SANDIS is a lecturer in philosophy at Oxford Brookes University. He is the author of Davidson's Philosophy of Action (Continuum, forthcoming) and is currently editing a collection of essays on action explanation, forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230522122

ISBN - 13:9780230522121

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Table of Contents

Doing the Things We Do * The Reasons for which We Act * The Objects of Action Explanation * Things That Move Us to Act * Various Explananda, Various Explanantia * Agents and Their Actions * Causation in Action Individuation

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"Constantine Sandis argues that contemporary philosophy of action is riddled with conflations. These include the conflation of an agent's behavior and her actions with the movings of her body; the reasons for which an agent acts with the reasons why her actions occur; and what an agent is doing with her doing of it. Sandis's rich and penetrating book not only demonstrates how these various conflations undermine the conclusions philosophers argue for, but also provides philosophers of action with a much-needed road map for going forward. The Things We Do And Why We Do Them is a must read." - Michael Smith, Princeton University, USA