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Description - Dynamics in Action by Alicia Juarrero

What is the difference between a wink and a blink? The answer is important not only to philosophers of mind, for significant moral and legal consequences rest on the distinction between voluntary and involuntary behaviour. However, "action theory" -the branch of philosophy that has traditionally articulated the boundaries between action and non-action, and between voluntary and involuntary behaviour - has been unable to account for the difference. Alicia Juarrero argues that a mistaken, 350-year-old model of cause and explanation - one that takes all causes to be of the push-pull, efficient cause sort, and all explanation to be prooflike - underlies contemporary theories of action. Juarrero then proposes a new framework for conceptualizing causes based on complex adaptive systems. Thinking of causes as dynamical constraints makes bottom-up and top-down causal relations, including those involving intentional causes, suddenly tractable. A different logic for explaining actions - as historical narrative, not inference - follows if one adopts this novel approach to long-standing questions of action and responsibility.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262600477
ISBN-10: 0262600471
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Pages: 300
Imprint: Bradford Books
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 25-Jan-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Alicia Juarrero

Alicia Juarrero is Professor of Philosophy at Prince George's Community College, Maryland. She is a member of the National Council on the Humanities, the governing board of the National Endowment for the Humanities.