Dynamics under scrutiny - or, how to teach old problems new tricks: A critical review of Alicia Juarrero's dynamics in action [Book Review]

Philosophical Psychology 14 (2):217 – 225 (2001)
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Abstract

Alicia Juarrero's Dynamics in action is an attempt to bring dynamical systems theory to bear on action theory. Juarrero claims that the vocabulary and examples from dynamical systems theory can help us resolve some pressing problems in action theory, including the problems of extended action and disrupted causal chains. In the process, Juarrero calls for a return to an Aristotelean plurality of causes and a serious scrutiny of modern Humean/positivist science as she sees it. Although her book has some inaccuracies and fails to convince the skeptical reader, it provides an alternative point of view from which to launch further studies.

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