Free Will and Action Explanation: A Non-Causal, Compatibilist Account

2016.11.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Scott Sehon, Free Will and Action Explanation: A Non-Causal, Compatibilist Account, Oxford University Press, 2016, 239pp., $74.00
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2016.11.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Scott Sehon, Free Will and Action Explanation: A Non-Causal, Compatibilist Account, Oxford University Press, 2016, 239pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198758495. Reviewed by Ishtiyaque Haji, University of Calgary Against the causal approach to analyzing human action and to explaining instances thereof, in Part I of his excellent book Scott Sehon defends an approach in which actions are to be explained teleologically, in terms of goals or purposes toward which the actions are directed. Candidate reason explanations, he proposes, are to be judged on the basis of three primary considerations: whether (i) agents act in ways appropriate to achieving their goals, given their circumstances, epistemic situation, and intentional states; (ii) these goals are of value to the agent; and (iii) the facts constitutive of (i) and (ii) support pertinent counterfactuals. For example, if an agent was directing her behavior, B,. . .

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