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Kinds of ReasonsAn Essay in the Philosophy of Action$
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Maria Alvarez

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199550005

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550005.001.0001

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The Explanation of Action

The Explanation of Action

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(p.165) 6 The Explanation of Action
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Kinds of Reasons
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Maria Alvarez (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550005.003.0007

The final chapter is devoted to the explanation of action. It is noted that explanations of action can be as varied as the facts that explain why someone acted. A variety of explanations and the relations among them are explored: ‘reason explanations’, where the reason that explains is also the reason that motivated the agent; ‘Humean explanations’, where the reasons are the fact(s) that the agent believed and wanted certain things; and explanations by reference to motives, character traits, emotions, habits, and so on.

In addition, the chapter explores purposive explanations: those where actions are explained by reference the agent's purpose, which is also normally his intention in acting.

Keywords:   reason explanation, Humean theory, reasons, emotions, motives, character, habits, Kenny, goals, purposive explanations

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