David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Cambridge University Press (1996)
This book presents a new theory of the will - of our capacity for decision making. The book argues that taking a decision to act is something we do, and do freely - as much an action as the actions which our decisions explain - and that our freedom of action depends on this capacity for free decision-making. But decision-making is no ordinary action. Decisions to act also have a special executive function, that of ensuring the rationality of the further actions which they explain. This executive function makes decision-making an action importantly unlike any other, with its own distinctive rationality. Pink's original and highly persuasive study uses this theory of the will to provide new accounts of freedom, action and rational choice. The author argues that, in a tradition that runs from Hobbes to Davidson and Frankfurt, Anglo-American philosophy has misrepresented the common-sense psychology of our freedom and action - a psychology which this book now presents and defends.
|Keywords||Free will and determinism Decision making|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$58.61 new (17% off) $60.30 direct from Amazon (10% off) $63.44 used (10% off) Amazon page|
|Call number||BJ1461.P55 1996|
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
David Owens (2006). Testimony and Assertion. Philosophical Studies 130 (1):105 - 129.
Alfred R. Mele (2007). Persisting Intentions. Noûs 41 (4):735–757.
Randolph Clarke (2007). Commanding Intentions and Prize-Winning Decisions. Philosophical Studies 133 (3):391 - 409.
Similar books and articles
Vere Chappell (1994). Locke on the Freedom of the Will. In G. A. J. Rogers (ed.), Locke's Philosophy: Content and Context. Oxford University Press. 101--21.
E. Goldberg & K. Podell (1999). Adaptive Versus Veridical Decision Making and the Frontal Lobes. Consciousness and Cognition 8 (3):364-377.
Alex Voorhoeve & Ken Binmore (2006). Transitivity, the Sorites Paradox, and Similarity-Based Decision-Making. Erkenntnis 64 (1):101-114.
Nicholas Rescher & Alan Ross Anderson (eds.) (1966). The Logic of Decision and Action. Pittsburgh]University of Pittsburgh Press.
Austin Farrer (1960/1982). The Freedom Of The Will. Charles Scribner's Sons.
Elysa R. Koppelman (2002). Dementia and Dignity: Towards a New Method of Surrogate Decision Making. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 27 (1):65 – 85.
Chad Kleist (2013). Using Sartre's Critique of Dialectical Reason for Managerial Decision-Making. Journal of Business Ethics 112 (2):341-352.
Carl Ginet (1990). On Action. Cambridge University Press.
Raymond Van Over (1974). The Psychology of Freedom. Fawcett Publications.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads26 ( #74,989 of 1,413,175 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #94,196 of 1,413,175 )
How can I increase my downloads?