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The Causation of Actions

Ted Honderich

in Mind and Brain

Published in print April 1990 | ISBN: 9780198242826
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680588 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198242826.003.0005

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The Causation of Actions

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It is certain that people need a term for the wide category of items which includes not only standing up, winking, pulling the trigger, and the like, which are relatively simple, but also for those which are more complex like writing a letter, going abroad to avoid income tax, and the like. The more specific question here is: what do people take such intentional actions to be and what is their conception of these? These types of questions are obviously often disputed. A defensible account is essential to a fully articulated human determinism, which necessarily concerns actions. If the foundation of any human determinism is an account of the mind, no determinism could be complete without a consideration of actions.

Keywords: causation; conception; determinism; actions; mind; bodily sequence; mental terms

Chapter.  24061 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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