Action Reconceptualized: Human Agency and Its Source

2016.11.07 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David K. Chan, Action Reconceptualized: Human Agency and Its Sources, Lexington Books, 2016, 213pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2016.11.07 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David K. Chan, Action Reconceptualized: Human Agency and Its Sources, Lexington Books, 2016, 213pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781498519649. Reviewed by Amir Saemi, Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (Tehran) David K. Chan provides an account of various mental entities that interact with each other to produce human action. Once we have a theory of human action, Chan states, we will be in a better position to examine how to evaluate human actions from a moral perspective. Chan dedicates the first four chapters to a theory of intention, desire and trying. In the next two chapters, he applies his accounts of intention, desire and trying to tackle different problems in philosophy of action and moral philosophy. Chan is influenced by Michael Bratman, and the book feels like a continual dialogue with Bratman. However, this comes, at times, at the expense of overlooking other views. Most of the literature. . .

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