Philosophical Studies

, Volume 112, Issue 2, pp 135-145

First online:

Reasons Explanations and Pure Agency

  • Richard FeldmanAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, University of Rochester
  • , Andrei A. BuckareffAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, University of Rochester

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We focus on the recent non-causal theory of reasons explanationsof free action proffered by a proponent of the agency theory, Timothy O'Connor. We argue that the conditions O'Connor offersare neither necessary nor sufficient for a person to act for a reason. Finally, we note that the role O'Connor assigns toreasons in the etiology of actions results in further conceptual difficulties for agent-causalism.