Explanations of Meaningful Actions

Philosophy of the Social Sciences 42 (2):224-238 (2012)
There is a long tradition in philosophy and the social sciences that emphasizes the meaningfulness of human action. This tradition doubts or even negates the possibility of causal explanations of human action precisely on the basis that human actions have meaning. This article provides an argument in favor of methodological naturalism in the social sciences. It grants the main argument of the Interpretivists, that is, that human actions are meaningful, but it shows how a transformation of a "nexus of meaning" into a "causal nexus" can take place, proposing the "successful transformation argument."
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1177/0048393110392590
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 24,422
External links
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.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
C. Mantzavinos (2014). Text Interpretation as a Scientific Activity. Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 45 (1):45-58.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
C. Mantzavinos (2008). How to Explain Meaningful Actions. Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 46:53-61.
Rob Vanderbeeken (2006). Can Intentional and Functional Explanations of Actions Coexist? The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 9:143-147.
Robert D. Murray (1995). Is Davidson's Theory of Action Consistent? Canadian Journal of Philosophy 25 (3):317 - 334.
Lars Bergström (1990). Explanation and Interpretation of Action. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 4 (1):3-15.
Alfred R. Mele (2005). Action. In Frank Jackson & Michael Smith (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy. Oxford University Press. pp. 78-88.
James H. Moor (1976). Rationality and the Social Sciences. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1976:3 - 11.
Scott J. Shapiro (2002). Ulysses Rebound. Economics and Philosophy 18 (1):157-182.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

43 ( #112,719 of 1,924,993 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

2 ( #308,473 of 1,924,993 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.