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Teleological Agency

Christopher Yeomans

in Freedom and Reflection

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199794522
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919253 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794522.003.0011
Teleological Agency

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This chapter applies the results of chapter 10 (i.e., the reconstruction of Hegel's theory of causal productivity) to the problem of chapter 9 (i.e., the doubts about the reality of free will grounded in the idea that sufficient reasons cause what they explain). In the first section, Hegel's argument is profiled against some other arguments against determinism and other understandings of the relations between causal mechanisms and goal-directedness. In the second section, Hegel's theory of teleology is used to reconstruct a theory of action in conversation with the contemporary debate between interpretivist theories of action such as Anscombe's and causal theories of action such as Davidson's.

Keywords: Hegel; free will; Donald Davidson; G.E.M. Anscombe; causal theory of action; interpretivist theory of action; determinism

Chapter.  11759 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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