9780199268559

Manifest Activity Thomas Reid's Theory of Action

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    9780199268559

  • ISBN10:

    019926855X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-06-03
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press

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Summary

Manifest Activity presents and critically examines the model of human power, the will, our capacities for purposeful conduct, and the place of our agency in the natural world of one of the most important and traditionally under-appreciated philosophers of the 18th century: Thomas Reid. Thebook examines Reid's arguments for this view and the view's implications for the nature of character, motivation and the special kind of causation involved in the production of human behavior.

Table of Contents

References to Reid's Works x
Introduction: Teleology and the Science of Action 1(13)
From Power to Mind: An Argument from the Power to Exert
14(24)
From Power to Mind: An Argument from the Power to Do Otherwise
38(19)
From Change to Power
57(19)
From End-Directedness to Power
76(22)
The Influence of Motives: The Push of Power?
98(16)
The Influence of Motives: The Push of Law?
114(36)
Conclusion: Agent Causation and the Regress of Effort 150(9)
Bibliography 159(4)
Index 163

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