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The agenda for finding a solution

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/9780199606214.003.0003
The agenda for finding a solution

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The second chapter begins by examining which kind of solution to the problem of human agency is required. The focus of the investigation is then narrowed to a particularly important sub-class of actions, so-called performances, in order to bring the key issue of the agent's control required for agency into better focus. It is argued that intentionalism fails to account satisfactorily for agential control, which sets the stage for opposing the event-causalist standard-model and the agent-causalist account of human agency. The historical background of these theories is briefly presented before the central task for defenders of the event-causalist standard model is set out, the task of naturalizing agential control. As adherents of the standard model want to explain agential control in terms of the causal impact of mental states of the agent, this task has two parts: Specifying the right mental states as ‘bearers’ of control and specifying the right ‘mode’ of control

Keywords: performances; intentionalism; standard-model; agent-causalism; agential control

Chapter.  12691 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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