Philosophy of Action

  • Lilian O’Brien

Part of the Palgrave Philosophy Today book series (PPT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  11. Back Matter
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About this book


Accessible and wide-ranging, this introduction to contemporary Philosophy of Action guides the reader through the major views and arguments. The topics addressed include the nature of intentional action and its explanation, the nature of reasons, the role of desire and intention in action, the nature of autonomy and the possibility of group agents.


Action Reasons Causes Intentional Action Side-Effects Autonomy Action Explanation Rationalization Volitionism Causalism Teleology Purpose Group Agency Shared Intention Free Will Self-control Rationality Agent

Authors and affiliations

  • Lilian O’Brien
    • 1
  1. 1.University College CorkIreland

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