Dretske on the Causation of Behavior

Behavior and Philosophy 36:71-86 (2008)
Abstract
In two recent articles and an earlier book Fred Dretske appeals to a distinction between triggering and structuring causes with the aim of establishing that psychological explanations of behavior differ from non-psychological ones. He concludes that intentional human behavior is triggered by electro-chemical events but structured by representational facts. In this paper I argue that while this underrated causalist position is considerably more persuasive than the standard causalist alternative, Dretske’s account fails to provide us with a coherent analysis of intentional action and its explanation.
Keywords action  behavior  causes  triggering  Dretske  Explanation  reasons
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