Reasons and Consciousness

Bede Rundle

in Mind in Action

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780198236917
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679414 | DOI:
Reasons and Consciousness

Show Summary Details


To say that reasons are not causes, although correct, is not altogether helpful. It does not mean that in stating a reason, it is not at the same time specifying a cause. It is clear that any statement which involved such a specification would be corrigible, so it would not amount to stating the kind of reason for doing something which people avow when giving the aim of actions. The question of self-deception however arises here. In addition, in studying this aspect, it is very difficult to set aside consciousness and this makes it particularly more relevant to intentions. Furthermore, a person's knowledge about himself would make his views, thoughts, and consciousness nearer to the truth than those of another person.

Keywords: reasons; causes; self-deception; consciousness; views; truth; incorrigibility; unconscious thought; desire; intention

Chapter.  15309 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.