Goal‐Directed Action

Alfred R. Mele

in Motivation and Agency

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195156171
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833467 | DOI:
 Goal‐Directed Action

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Argues for a constraint on a proper theory of motivation – namely, that proper motivational explanations of goal‐directed actions are causal explanations. The chapter criticizes the thesis that acceptable teleological explanations of actions are not causal explanations and it offers a solution to a problem that deviant causal chains pose for a causal theory of action.

Keywords: action; causal explanation; causal theory of action; deviant causal chain; motivation; motivational explanation; teleological explanation

Chapter.  18456 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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