The Works of Agency: On Human Action, Will, and Freedom

Cover Art for 9780801485831, The Works of Agency: On Human Action, Will, and Freedom by Hugh J. McCann
ISBN: 9780801485831
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Published: 5 November, 1998
Format: Paperback
Language: English
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In these essays, McCann develops a unified perspective on human action. Written over a period of 25 years, the essays provide a comprehensive survey of the major topics in contemporary action theory. In four sections, the book addresses the ontology of action; the foundations of action; intention, will and freedom; and practical rationality. McCann works out a compromise between competing perspectives on the individuation of action; explores the foundations of action and defends a volitional theory; argues for a libertarian view of both the formation and the execution of intention; and considers the question of consistency in rational intentions, as well as the relationship between practical and theoretical reasoning.

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