David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
International Philosophical Quarterly 48 (2):165-173 (2008)
In human beings, choice and action require a cause of a different kind to link them. Otherwise a vicious regress breaks out. This is cause in the sense of end or purpose. It stands between choice and action, making a reciprocative causal triad. Yet apart from our projects, this triad obtains in nature too, and for the same reason. In reproduction, as in choice and action, means are activities that are directed to the replication of pre-existing patterns as ends. Further, when agents are taken not as active but as capable of certain activities, the latter are not means as in reproduction but themselves ends. In this sense, it can be said that persons have a natural end as persons, a thesis for which two arguments are proposed
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Stewart Goetz (1997). Libertarian Choice. Faith and Philosophy 14 (2):195-211.
Robert Grant (1995). Must New Worlds Also Be Good? Inquiry 38 (1 & 2):123 – 141.
Gordon Knight (1997). Universalism and the Greater Good. Faith and Philosophy 14 (1):98-103.
Claus Beisbart (2009). Kant's Characterization of Natural Ends. Kant Yearbook 1 (1).
Dennis Des Chene (2000). On Laws and Ends: A Response to Hattab and Menn. Perspectives on Science 8 (2):144-163.
Thomas Williams (2011). Human Freedom and Agency. In Brian Davies & Eleonore Stump (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Aquinas. Oxford University Press 199-208.
Gideon Yaffe (2004). Manifest Activity: Thomas Reid's Theory of Action. Oxford University Press.
John Peterson (1999). Natural Law, End, And Virtue In Aquinas. Journal of Philosophical Research 24:397-413.
John Peterson (2008). Is There Natural Purpose? International Philosophical Quarterly 48 (2):165-173.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads5 ( #359,112 of 1,724,865 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #210,938 of 1,724,865 )
How can I increase my downloads?