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Reasons and PurposesHuman Rationality and the Teleological Explanation of Action$
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G. F. Schueler

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250370

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199250375.001.0001

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Purposes, Causes, and Reasons Explanations

Purposes, Causes, and Reasons Explanations

(p.1) 1 Purposes, Causes, and Reasons Explanations
Reasons and Purposes

G. F. Schueler

Oxford University Press

Why would anyone deny the belief‐desire account of reasons explanations? It is argued here that the real question is whether the purposive, and hence apparently teleological, nature of reasons explanations in the end must be understood in non‐teleological (and hence presumably purely causal or ‘mechanical’) terms.

Keywords:   belief‐desire account, causal explanation, causes, purposes, reasons, teleological

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