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The Springs of Action

  • Bruce Aune
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Part of the Philosophical Studies Series in Philosophy book series (PSSP, volume 9)

Abstract

An assumption common to the theories of action discussed in the last chapter is that voluntary action has a distinctive mental aspect. Although I raised a general metaphysical doubt about the basis for those theories, I shall now put that doubt aside, at least initially, and attempt to work out a plausible view of how the mental aspects of action are best understood. Toward the end of the chapter I shall show how a philosophical opponent of actions and states can come to terms with the view I develop.

Keywords

Voluntary Action Intentional Action Intentional Behavior Complex Predicate Existential Generalization 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce Aune
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  1. 1.University of Massachusetts at AmherstAmherstUSA

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