Chapter

The Explanation of Action

Maria Alvarez

in Kinds of Reasons

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199550005
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191720239 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550005.003.0007
The Explanation of Action

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The final chapter is devoted to the explanation of action. It is noted that explanations of action can be as varied as the facts that explain why someone acted. A variety of explanations and the relations among them are explored: ‘reason explanations’, where the reason that explains is also the reason that motivated the agent; ‘Humean explanations’, where the reasons are the fact(s) that the agent believed and wanted certain things; and explanations by reference to motives, character traits, emotions, habits, and so on.

In addition, the chapter explores purposive explanations: those where actions are explained by reference the agent's purpose, which is also normally his intention in acting.

Keywords: reason explanation; Humean theory; reasons; emotions; motives; character; habits; Kenny; goals; purposive explanations

Chapter.  12450 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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