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Contemporary Action Theory: V. 1. Individual Action

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ISBN13: 9780792347521
ISBN: 0792347528
Published: October 1997
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

This is a two-volume anthology which discusses philosophical questions related to the actions of individuals or groups.;This volume concentrates on philosophical questions related to actions performed by single individuals, whereas the focus of the second volume is the philosophy and logic of actions performed by several individuals or groups of individuals.;The contributions represent recent research in the field of philosophy of action and closely-related fields such as artificial intelligence. The two volumes can be read independently of each other.;The books should be of interest to researchers and students in philosophy and artificial intelligence and also to theoretically-minded researchers in psychology, organization research and economics as well as in jurisprudence. They should be suitable for graduate seminars in philosophy and theoretical artificial intelligence.

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Preface. Introduction. Explanation and Understanding of Actions; G.H. von Wright. Von Wright and Collingwood on Causation and the Explanation of Human Action; R. Martin. Metaphysical Foundations of Action Explanation; A. Marras. Reasons as Causes for Action; G. Wilson. On States, Actions, Omissions and Norms; R. Hilpinen. Actions in Action; G. Holmstrom-Hintikka. Passive Action; A.R. Mele. On Ability, Opportunity and Competence: An Inquiry into People's Possibility for Action; L. Nordenfelt. Actions and Inconsistency: The Closure Problem of Practical Reasoning; D. Walton. Intending and Its Place in the Theory of Action; R. Audi. Intention and Intentional Action; M. Brand. On When the Will is Free H.J. McCann. When is an Action Free? G. Seebass. Naturalising Mental Action; J. Bishop. Doing Without Happenings: Three Theories of Action; D.-H. Ruben. Cognitive Trying; F. Adams. Index of Names. List of Contributors. Table of Contents of Volume II: Social Action.