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  1. Berent Enc (2006). How We Act: Causes, Reasons, and Intentions. Clarendon Press.
    How We Act presents a compelling picture of human action as part of the natural causal order. Berent Enç eschews any appeal to special capacities supposedly unique to rational agents, such as agent causation or irreducible acts of volition, and by appealing to analogous positions in epistemology and the theory of perception, shows why it is a mistake to subscribe to such capacities. Although aspects of the causal theory of action have been adopted and defended by many empiricist philosophers, none (...)
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  2. Berent Enç (2004). Causal Theories of Intentional Behavior and Wayward Causal Chains. Behavior and Philosophy 32 (1):149 - 166.
    On a causal theory of rational behavior, behavior is just a causal consequence of the reasons an actor has. One of the difficulties with this theory has been the possibility of the "wayward causal chains," according to which reasons can cause the expected output, but in such an unusual way that the output is clearly not intentional. The inability to find a general way of excluding these wayward chains without implicitly appealing to elements incompatible with a pure causal account (like (...)
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  3. Berent Enç (2003). How We Act: Causes, Reasons, and Intentions. Oxford University Press.
    Talking about action comes easily to us. We quickly make distinctions between voluntary and non-voluntary actions; we think we can tell what intentions are; we are confident about evaluating reasons offered in rational justification of action. Berent Enc provides a philosopher's sustained examination of these issues: he portrays action as belonging to the causal order of events in nature, a theory from which new and surprising accounts of intention and voluntary action emerge. Philosophers and cognitive scientists alike will find How (...)
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  4. Berent Enc (2002). Indeterminacy of Function Attributions. In Andre Ariew, Robert Cummins & Mark Perlman (eds.), Functions: New Essays in the Philosophy of Psychology and Biology. Oxford University Press. 291.
  5. Berent Enc (1996). Nonreducible Supervenient Causation. In Elias E. Savellos & U. Yalcin (eds.), Supervenience: New Essays. Cambridge University Press. 169--86.
  6. Berent Enç (1996). Hume's Unreasonable Desires. History of Philosophy Quarterly 13 (2):239 - 254.
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  7. Berent Enc (1995). Units of Behavior. Philosophy of Science 62 (4):523-542.
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  8. Berent Enç (1995). Nonreducible Supervenient Causation. In Elias E. Savellos & Ümit D. Yalçin (eds.), Supervenience: New Essays. Needham Heights: Cambridge. 169--86.
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  9. Berent Enç (1995). Supervenience: New Essays. Needham Heights: Cambridge.
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  10. Berent Enç (1994). Review. [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 45 (4):1070-1077.
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  11. Berent Enc & Fred Adams (1992). Functions and Goal Directedness. Philosophy of Science 59 (4):635-654.
    We examine two approaches to functions: etiological and forward-looking. In the context of functions, we raise the question, familiar to philosophers of mind, about the explanatory role of properties that are not supervenient on the mere dispositional features of a system. We first argue that the question has no easy answer in either of the two approaches. We then draw a parallel between functions and goal directedness. We conclude by proposing an answer to the question: The explanatory importance of nonsupervenient (...)
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  12. Berent Enç (1990). Is Realism Really the Best Hypothesis? Journal of Philosophy 87 (11):667-668.
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  13. Berent Enç (1989). Causal Theories and Unusual Causal Pathways. Philosophical Studies 55 (3):231 - 261.
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  14. Frederick Adams & Berent Enc (1988). Not Quite By Accident. Dialogue 27 (02):287-.
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  15. Berent Enç (1986). Essentialism Without Individual Essences: Causation, Kinds, Supervenience, and Restricted Identities. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 11 (1):403-426.
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  16. Berent Enc (1985). Redundancy, Degeneracy and Deviance in Action. Philosophical Studies 48 (3):353 - 374.
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  17. Berent Enç (1985). Hume on Causal Necessity: A Study From the Perspective of Hume's Theory of Passions. History of Philosophy Quarterly 2 (3):235 - 256.
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  18. Fred Dretske & Berent Enç (1984). Causal Theories of Knowledge1. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 9 (1):517-528.
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  19. Berent Enc (1983). In Defense of the Identity Theory. Journal of Philosophy 80 (May):279-98.
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  20. Berent Enç (1982). Intentional States of Mechanical Devices. Mind 91 (362):161 - 182.
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  21. Berent Enc (1982). Intentional States of Mechanical Devices. Mind 91 (April):161-182.
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  22. Berent Enc (1979). Function Attributions and Functional Explanations. Philosophy of Science 46 (3):343-365.
    A series of explanatory hypotheses are examined under the assumption that the logical structure of function attributions is dependent on the methodological constraints which these hypotheses conform to. Two theses are argued for: (1) Given these methodological constraints, if something has the function of doing Y, then normally it is the only kind of thing that can do Y in that kind of system. (2) What distinguishes function attributions from causal attribution is not that function attributions explain the etiology of (...)
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  23. Berent Enç (1976). Spiral Dependence Between Theories and Taxonomy1. Inquiry 19 (1-4):41-71.
    This paper analyses the traditionally recognized dependence between observation statements and theories. The analysis proceeds by working out the interrelationship between classification systems and theoretical frameworks. Cuvier's and Darwin's theories are used as examples to illustrate this issue. The second part of the paper develops a model designed to give an account of the historical development of this interrelationship. It is argued that the interdependence is not circular and that it is an integral part of scientific research. It is suggested (...)
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  24. Berent Enc (1976). Identity Statements and Microreductions. Journal of Philosophy 73 (June):285-306.
    The view that scientific reduction succeeds by establishing property identities is challenged. it is argued that, instead of identity statements making reductions successful, the fact that a reduction is successful makes the identity statements possible. the argument proceeds first by showing that an explanatory asymmetry is generated by statements expressing property identities, second by locating the source of the asymmetry in a "generative relation" that obtains between the two properties. it is then argued that reduction succeeds only if the reducing (...)
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  25. Berent Enç (1976). Identity Statements and Microreductions. Journal of Philosophy 73 (11):285-306.
    The view that scientific reduction succeeds by establishing property identities is challenged. it is argued that, instead of identity statements making reductions successful, the fact that a reduction is successful makes the identity statements possible. the argument proceeds first by showing that an explanatory asymmetry is generated by statements expressing property identities, second by locating the source of the asymmetry in a "generative relation" that obtains between the two properties. it is then argued that reduction succeeds only if the reducing (...)
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  26. Berent Enć (1976). Reference of Theoretical Terms. Noûs 10 (3):261-282.
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  27. Berent Enç (1976). Spiral Dependence Between Theories and Taxonomy. Inquiry 19 (1-4):41 – 71.
    This paper analyses the traditionally recognized dependence between observation statements and theories. The analysis proceeds by working out the interrelationship between classification systems and theoretical frameworks. Cuvier's and Darwin's theories are used as examples to illustrate this issue. The second part of the paper develops a model designed to give an account of the historical development of this interrelationship. It is argued that the interdependence is not circular and that it is an integral part of scientific research. It is suggested (...)
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  28. Berent Enc (1975). Necessary Propertes and Linnaean Essentialism. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 5 (1):83-102.
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  29. Berent Enç (1975). Numerical Identity and Objecthood. Mind 84 (333):10-26.
    There is a category of objects such that for any two occurrences of an object in that category, Establishing the highest degree of their qualitative identity will not be sufficient to establish that the object involved is one and the same. It is first argued that objects in this category occupy positions in a spatio-Temporal continuum and obey certain principles of conservation. And then two criteria for the numerical identity of these objects are developed: (a) that there are scientific laws (...)
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  30. Berent Enç (1975). Necessary Properties and Linnaean Essentialism. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 5 (1):83 - 102.
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  31. Berent Enç (1975). On the Theory of Action. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 5 (2):145–168.
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