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A Causal Model of Deliberation

Berent Enç

in How We Act

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780199256020
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602238 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199256020.003.0006
A Causal Model of Deliberation

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Deals with the objection against causal theories that conceiving of an action as the result of a chain of events that are causally connected seems to remove the agent from picture altogether: since being an agent is being active, and being the conduit for a causal chain is a passive affair, the objection concludes that latter cannot exhaust the former. In defence of his causal theory, Enç develops a model of deliberation that distinguishes rational action from reflexive, impulsive, and compulsive behaviour.

Keywords: action; agent; causal theory of action; compulsive behaviour; deliberation; Enç; impulsive behaviour; reflexive behaviour

Chapter.  19018 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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