Explanations in Terms of the Agent's Reasoning

G. F. Schueler

in Reasons and Purposes

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780199250370
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598364 | DOI:
 Explanations in Terms of the Agent's Reasoning

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Practical reasoning has been misrepresented by the so‐called practical syllogism as not essentially involving evaluations. Correcting this error helps show why it is implausible to hold, as e.g. J. David Velleman and others have, that an underlying proper desire is always required to explain actions done on the basis of practical deliberation. The principle of charity is essential to making sense of the actions of others since it is essential to understanding what their reasons are when they act.

Keywords: actions; practical deliberation; practical syllogism; principle of charity; Velleman

Chapter.  24723 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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