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Philosophy of Action

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Assistant editor: István Zárdai (University of Pécs, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy, Oxford Brookes University)
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  1. added 2015-03-30
    Sergio Tenenbaum (2015). Moral Faith and Moral Reason. In Sophie-Grace Chappell (ed.), Intuition, Theory, Anti-Theory in Ethics. 76-103.
    Robert Adams argues that often our moral commitment outstrips what we are epistemically entitled to believe; in these cases, the virtuous agent doxastic states are instances of “moral faith”. I argue against Adams’ views on the need for moral faith; at least in some cases, our moral “intuitions” provide us with certain moral knowledge. The appearance that there can be no certainty here is the result of dubious views about second-order or indirect doubts. Nonetheless, discussing the phenomena that lead Adams (...)
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    Sergio Tenenbaum (2015). Acting and Satisficing. In George Pavlakos & Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco (eds.), Reasons and Intentions in Law and Practical Agency. Cambridge University Press. 31-51.
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    Francis Ellingwood Abbot, Creighton Peden & Everett J. Tarbox (1996). The Collected Essays of Francis Ellingwood Abbot , American Philosopher and Free Religionist. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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    Peter A. White (1995). The Understanding of Causation and the Production of Action From Infancy to Adulthood. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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    Robert C. Whittemore (1979). Studies in Action Theory. Tulane University.
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    Jay Alan Smith & Ont Toronto (1977). Purpose in Action. S.N.].
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    Doug Walton & Myles Brand (1976). Action Theory Proceedings of the Winnipeg Conference on Human Action, Held at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 9-11 May 1975; Edited by Myles Brand and Douglas Walton. --. [REVIEW] D. Reidel Pub. Co.
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    Stuart F. Spicker (1968). Shadworth H. Hodgson a British Anticipation of Phenomenology. University Microfilms.
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    A. F. Martin & Institute of British Geographers (1951). The Necessity for Determinism a Metaphysical Problem Confronting Geographers. Institute of British Geographers.
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    Richard Price & Joseph Priestley (1778). A Free Discussion of the Doctrines of Materialism, and Philosophical Necessity in a Correspondence Between Dr. Price, and Dr. Priestly. Printed for J. Johnson and T. Cadell.
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    Olle Blomberg (forthcoming). Shared Agency: A Planning Theory of Acting Together By Michael Bratman. [REVIEW] Analysis:anu155.
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    Alexei Grinbaum (2013). The Old-New Meaning of Researcher’s Responsibility. Etica E Politica 15 (1):236-250.
    If the technological situation is unique, the ways to understand the contemporary moral condition are not. We link it to age-old questions: in fact, the power promised by technol-ogy only establishes a new form of human finitude. In the face of this continuity of the fundamental moral condition, we examine a number of alternative ways of thinking about the basis of responsible innovation, exploring the metaphors of quasi-parental and political responsibilities, as well as the place of virtue in innovation and (...)
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    Georg Spielthenner (2012). Logical Varieties of Instrumental Reasons. Etica E Politica 14 (2):197-213.
    Instrumental reasons play a central role in our practical deliberations because we apply the distinction between reasonable and unreasonable not only to beliefs, but to actions also. The question of what one has an instrumental reason to do is an important substantive question that is relevant to the general theory of practical reasoning and to ethics, too. It will be my object in the present study to show that we have different kinds of instrumental reasons, which depend solely on their (...)
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    Joel Marks (2009). Moral Moments: Taking Determinism Seriously. Philosophy Now 75:43-43.
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    Havi Carel & David Gamez (2004). What Philosophy is Contemporary Philosophy in Action. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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    Jing Zhu (2003). The Conative Mind: Volition and Action. Dissertation, University of Waterloo (Canada)
    This work is an attempt to restore volition as a respectable topic for scientific studies. Volition, traditionally conceived as the act of will, has been largely neglected in contemporary science and philosophy. I first develop a volitional theory of action by elaborating a unifying conception of volition, where volitions are construed as special kinds of mental action by which an agent consciously and actively bridge the gaps between deliberation, decision and intentional action. Then I argue that the major skeptical arguments (...)
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    Ngaire Naffine, Rosemary J. Owens & John Williams (2001). Intention in Law and Philosophy. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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    Wlodek Rabinowicz (2000). Value and Choice Some Common Themes in Decision Theory and Moral Philosophy. Lund Universitetstrycheriet.
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    Roberto Mordacci (2000). Internal to What? A Critique of the Distinction Between Internal and External Reasons for Action. Etica E Politica 2 (1).
    The distinction between internalism and externalism can be interpreted in different ways, which must be kept clearly distinct. The distinction between internal and external reasons for action, proposed by Bernard Williams , can be interpreted as expressing a form of internalism. If we assume that internalism seems preferable to externalism and Williams’s "internal reason theorist" as an internalist, we have an example of an anti-rationalistic form of internalism. I will suggest that Williams’s arguments do not justify his distinction and the (...)
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    James E. Tomberlin (2000). Action and Freedom, 2000 a Supplement to No Us. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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    Roberto Festa (1999). Modelli Evoluzionistici Del Contratto Sociale. Etica E Politica 1 (1).
    In a recent book on The Evolution of Social Contract, Brian Skyrms shows how evolutionary game theory can be used to explain how the implicit social contract we live by might have evolved. In this paper, after describing the main lines of Skyrms’s approach, we will examine some problems arising from it, on the basis of a comparison with von Hayek’s evolutionary view. Finally, we will make some remarks on the possible relevance of the outcomes achieved by Skyrms for the (...)
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    Jason W. Brown (1996). Time, Will, and Mental Process. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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    Joseph Priestley, Richard Price & John Stephens (1994). A Free Discussion of the Doctrines of Materialism and Philosophical Necessity. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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    Stanley L. Jaki (1990). The Purpose of It All. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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    Roger Squires (1986). D. C. Dennett, "Elbow Room: The Varieties of Free Will Worth Wanting". [REVIEW] Philosophical Quarterly 36 (43):308.
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    Jennifer Hornsby (1986). B. Vermazen and M. B. Hintikka, "Essays on Davidson: Actions and Events". [REVIEW] Philosophical Quarterly 36 (43):296.
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    B. J. Garrett (1984). Peter Van Inwagen, "An Essay on Free Will". [REVIEW] Philosophical Quarterly 34 (35):171.
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    Derek Parfit (1981). Prudence, Morality, and the Prisoner's Dilemma. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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    G. E. M. Anscombe, Jenny Teichman & Cora Diamond (1979). Intention and Intentionality Essays for G. E. M. Anscombe. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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    Bruce Aune (1977). Reason and Action. --. Holland, Boston, D. Reidel Pub. Co.
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    William T. Powers (1973). Behavior: The Control of Perception. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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    Joshua Hoffman (1972). An Outline of a Defense of a Compatibilist Position on the Free-Will and Determinist Debate. Dissertation, Brandeis University
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    Gordon Welty (1972). B. W. Lindgren, "Elements of Decision Theory". [REVIEW] Theory and Decision 2 (4):387.
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    Alex C. Michalos (1972). Edward A. Suchman, "Evaluative Research". [REVIEW] Theory and Decision 2 (4):395.
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    Ashok Kumar Gangadean (1971). Time, Truth and Logical Determinism. Dissertation, Brandeis University
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    Ted Honderich (1963). Arald Ofstad's "An Inquiry Into the Freedom of Decision". [REVIEW] Inquiry 6:251.
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    Julian Huxley (1959). The Destiny of Man. Hodder and Stoughton.
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    Charles E. Hooper (1930). The Fallacies of Fatalism or, the Real World and the Rational Will. Watts & Co.
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    James B. Pratt (1912). Orne's Free Will and Human Responsibility. [REVIEW] Journal of Philosophy 9 (12):332.
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    Nomy Arpaly (forthcoming). Consciousness and Moral Responsibility, by Neil Levy. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-3.
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    Daniel Dohrn (forthcoming). Egan and Agents: How Evidential Decision Theory Can Deal with Egan’s Dilemma. Synthese:1-26.
    Andy Egan has presented a dilemma for decision theory. As is well known, Newcomb cases appear to undermine the case for evidential decision theory . However, Egan has come up with a new scenario which poses difficulties for causal decision theory. I offer a simple solution to this dilemma in terms of a modified EDT. I propose an epistemological test: take some feature which is relevant to your evaluation of the scenarios under consideration, evidentially correlated with the actions under consideration (...)
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    Elinor Mason (forthcoming). Moral Ignorance and Blameworthiness. Philosophical Studies:1-21.
    In this paper I discuss various hard cases that an account of moral ignorance should be able to deal with: ancient slave holders, Susan Wolf’s JoJo, psychopaths such as Robert Harris, and finally, moral outliers . All these agents are ignorant, but it is not at all clear that they are blameless on account of their ignorance. I argue that the discussion of this issue in recent literature has missed the complexities of these cases by focusing on the question of (...)
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    Sergi Rosell (forthcoming). Making Sense of Freedom and Responsibility, by Dana K. Nelkin. Disputatio.
    Rosell, Sergi_Making Sense of Freedom and Responsibility, by Dana K Nelkin.
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    Oisín Deery (2015). Rationality + Consciousness = Free Will, by David Hodgson. Mind 124 (493):347-351.
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    Helen Beebee (2014). Radical Indeterminism and Top-Down Causation. Res Philosophica 91 (3):537-545.
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    Josef Seifert (2011). Can Neurological Evidence Refute Free Will?: The Failure of a Phenomenological Analysis of Acts in Libet's Denial of "Positive Free Will". Pensamiento 67 (254):1077-1098.
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    Scott Kimbrough (2009). Explaining Compatibilist Intuitions About Moral Responsibility: A Critique Of Nichols And Knobe's Performance Error Model. Florida Philosophical Review 9 (2):38-55.
    Experimental philosophy studies show that ordinary people have conflicting moral intuitions: when asked about events in a deterministic universe, respondents exhibit compatibilist intuitions about vignettes describing concrete actions, but they have incompatibilist intuitions in response to more abstract queries. Nichols and Knobe maintain that concrete compatibilist intuitions should be explained as emotion-induced performance errors in the psychological process of moral judgment. Their theory is criticized in two main ways. First, they fail to establish that the role of emotion in generating (...)
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    Marina Sbisà (2007). On Argumentative Rationality. Anthropology and Philosophy 8 (1/2):89-100.
    The received picture of rationality, nowadays in trouble, is contrasted with the "argumentative" conception, inspired by Paul Grice's proposal to define rationality as an agent's desire that his or her moves are supported by reasons and a capacity to satisfy that desire at least to some extent. Some implications of the argumentative conception of rationality are unfolded: it involves a first-person perspective, requires criteria for the attribution of the capacity to justify one's moves, and allows for failures to behave or (...)
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    Michael Nagenborg (2005). Review: Handbook of Computer Game Studies. [REVIEW] International Review of Information Ethics 4:67-68.
    Review of Joost Raessens and Jeffrey Goldstein: Handbook of computer game studies. Cambridge, Massachu-setts – London, England: MIT Press 2005. By more than 450 large-format pages the publishers offer a view of current research in the field of “game studies”. With almost no exception, the 27 articles are of high quality. Readers, however, who are familiar with the works of the single authors are offered only little new information. Unfortunately, the authors mostly focus on western, particularly US-American games and players. (...)
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    G. F. Schueler (2004). Doing Things for Reasons. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 69 (2):495-497.
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