Title: Actions and Events: Perspectives on the ...
Publisher: Basil Blackwell (1985), (Oxford and New York)
Publication Date: 1985
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Edition.
507 pages. 3 essays by Davidson and 30 by others about his philosophy. First edition (first printing). Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 96192
Synopsis: Donald Davidson is among the most influential philosophers of the 20th century. This volume includes some 30 essays which variously criticize, comment on and develop Davidson's philosophy as represented in his collected papers "Essays on Actions and Events", in addition to three further essays by Davidson himself. The essays divide into three sections, each opening with an editorial introduction and corresponding to the three major sections of "Actions and Events". The first section discusses the nature of rational explanation, the relationships between reasons and actions, intentions and actions, will and irrationality, and the concepts of agency, freedom and weakness of the will. This section also contains an essay in which Davidson presents his views on self-deception. The second section considers the nature of events, causal relationships, and the logical form of action and singular causal statements. Finally, the volume looks at the relationship between the mental and the physical, the scientific status of psychological and psychophysical laws, and the relationship between laws and causal and rational explanations.
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