Chapter

Introduction

Erasmus Mayr

in Understanding Human Agency

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199606214
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731631 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606214.003.0001
Introduction

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The Introduction gives a brief overview over the structure of the book and its central topic, how to solve the so-called problem of human agency. This problems concerns the question how different commitments which are all essential to our self-understanding as human agents can be reconciled with each other. The introduction lays out both the author's suggested answer to this problem and his criticism of rival approaches, both of which are outlined in the following chapter summaries.

Keywords: activity; agent-causation; causal powers; event-causalism; standard-model; intentionalism; acting for reasons

Chapter.  1952 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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