Essays on Actions and Events

Essays on Actions and Events - The Philosophical Essays of Donald Davidson (5 Volumes)

2nd Edition

Paperback (27 Sep 2001) | English

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Synopsis

Donald Davidson has prepared a new edition of his classic 1980 collection of Essays on Actions and Events, including two additional essays. In this seminal investigation of the nature of human action, Davidson argues for an ontology which includes events along with persons and other objects. Certain events are identified and explained as actions when they are viewed as caused and rationalized by reasons; these same events, when described in physical, biological, or physiological terms, may be explained by appeal to natural laws. The mental and the physical thus constitute irreducibly discrete ways of explaining and understanding events and their causal relations. Among the topics discussed are: freedom to act; weakness of the will; the logical form of talk about actions, intentions, and causality; the logic of practical reasoning; Hume's theory of the indirect passions; and the nature and limits of decision theory. The introduction, cross-references, and appendices emphasize the relations between the essays and explain how Davidson's views have developed.

Book information

ISBN: 9780199246274
Publisher: Clarendon Press
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Pub date:
Edition: 2nd Edition
DEWEY: 128.3
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 324
Weight: 438g
Height: 212mm
Width: 136mm
Spine width: 19mm