Non‐Teleological Explanations of Actions

G. F. Schueler

in Reasons and Purposes

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780199250370
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598364 | DOI:
 Non‐Teleological Explanations of Actions

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There are well‐known arguments in favour of the idea that explanations of actions are at bottom non‐teleological. Michael Smith's ‘direction‐of‐fit’ argument entails this, and both Davidson and Thomas Nagel give general arguments that only causal explanations actually explain. In this chapter, it is argued that all these arguments are unsuccessful.

Keywords: action explanation; belief‐desire theory; causal explanation; Davidson; direction of fit; Thomas Nagel; Michael Smith; teleological

Chapter.  16219 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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