Understanding People

Michael Morris

in The Good and the True

Published in print November 1992 | ISBN: 9780198239444
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679919 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs

Understanding People

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This chapter explains humansʼ behaviour. It aims to provide a conception of the kind of explanation which we get from knowledge of people's beliefs, desires, and other attitudes. The definition of the core cases of concept-possession characterized possession of a concept as a matter of being liable to respond in ways which would be appropriately intrinsically assessable. The chapter develops a sense in which thoughts and feelings determine behaviour which does not have this consequence. If we act freely, we do so when our actions are explained by our thoughts and feelings. To say that someone does something for this reason is to say that this is its significance — and that it has this significance essential to its being this behaviour.

Keywords: behaviour; beliefs; desires; attitudes; concept-possession; intrinsically assessable actions

Chapter.  17359 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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