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Reasoning, Deciding, and Intending

Bede Rundle

in Mind in Action

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780198236917
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679414 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236917.003.0007
Reasoning, Deciding, and Intending

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Practical reasoning is reasoning undertaken with a view to determining what to do. Often, however, it is perceived as something more than that, that is, a matter of reasoning which in some way issues in action. Practical reasoning in some way differs from theoretical argument in that a substantial new step, a commitment to action, is taken with the decision with which the reasoning terminates. It is not a question of coming to recognise the truth. Triggering causes also explain why an event of a certain general character took place, and took place when it did, whereas causal conditions or factors explain why the event caused was as it was. In this kind of concern, a causal query, is one of the most important to look into.

Keywords: practical reasoning; reasoning; action; decision; truth; causal conditions; intention; mental causes; thought

Chapter.  17043 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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