Mental Antecedents of Action

Bede Rundle

in Mind in Action

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780198236917
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679414 | DOI:
Mental Antecedents of Action

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Certain familiar ways of speaking lead to various theoretical accounts of the mind which are mainly products of causal notions. Actions can be caused by mental factors, and there are actions in which the mental figures are effects, and these happen consequently. The determination of desires, thoughts, and actions are also said to be out of causal necessity. The case for excluding the mental from the realm of causes, or at least for querying its membership, is far stronger than is generally appreciated, and this chapter sets forth some of the considerations which favour this underrated possibility. The emphasis is on indicating problems and raising questions.

Keywords: mind; mental antecedents; desires; thoughts; actions; causation; sensation; ability

Chapter.  10837 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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