Works of Agency by Hugh J. McCann
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Works of Agency
By Hugh J. McCann

The Works of Agency

On Human Action, Will, and Freedom

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Works of Agency by Hugh J. McCann

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In these essays, McCann develops a unified perspective on human action. Written over a period of 25 years, the essays provide a comprehensive survey of the major topics in contemporary action theory. In four sections, the book addresses the ontology of action; the foundations of action; intention, will and freedom; and practical rationality. McCann works out a compromise between competing perspectives on the individuation of action; explores the foundations of action and defends a volitional theory; argues for a libertarian view of both the formation and the execution of intention; and considers the question of consistency in rational intentions, as well as the relationship between practical and theoretical reasoning. Among the features of the book are McCann's defence of both fine- and coarse-grained actions and his arguments for a non-causal theory of the relation between intention and action. He also suggests that intentions need not be inconsistent, either with each other or with beliefs about success. He additionally contends that intention formation is an intrinsically ratiocinative procedure, distinct from reasoning about what action would be best.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801485831
ISBN-10: 0801485835
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 5-Nov-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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