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Mind in Action

Bede Rundle


This book challenges the quasi-mechanical view of human action that is dominant in contemporary philosophy of mind. A materialist view of the mind and a causal theory of action fit together conveniently: the notion of action as caused by thoughts and desires allows philosophers to accommodate explanations of action within a framework that is congenial to scientific understanding, and the conception of mind as physical enables them to make sense of causal transactions between the two domains. This book offers an alternative approach. Compelling reasons are given for demoting causation and for s ... More

Keywords: human action, philosophy of mind, causal theory of action, thoughts, desires, human behaviour, animal mentality, cognitive science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198236917
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236917.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bede Rundle, author
Trinity College, Oxford