Action, Knowledge, and Will

2016.04.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John Hyman, Action, Knowledge, and Will, Oxford University Press, 2015, 255pp., $60.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198735779. Reviewed
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2016.04.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John Hyman, Action, Knowledge, and Will, Oxford University Press, 2015, 255pp., $60.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198735779. Reviewed by Andrei A. Buckareff, Marist College Readers familiar with John Hyman’s work in the philosophy of action know that his is one of a growing number of voices critical of what is often identified as the orthodox conception of action and agency. So it will come as no surprise that he targets many of the background commitments of the orthodox theory of action in this book. The standard story of action is most often associated with the work of Donald Davidson and the myriad iterations of the causal theory of action he inspired.1 The most prominent versions of causalism all share the same core commitments. Exercises of agency are identified with actions. All actions are either intentional under a description or on the same action-tree as an intentional action. Actions... Read More

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