Time and the Philosophy of Action

2016.12.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Roman Altshuler and Michael J. Sigrist (eds.), Time and the Philosophy of Action, Routledge, 2016, 289pp., $112.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2016.12.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Roman Altshuler and Michael J. Sigrist (eds.), Time and the Philosophy of Action, Routledge, 2016, 289pp., $112.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780415735247. Reviewed by Timothy Cleveland, New Mexico State University Action takes time, unfolds in time. Intentions persist through time, our deliberations are sensitive to time, our commitments maintained through time. So much seems mere truism. The promise of this collection -- the result of the Time and Agency Conference held at George Washington University in 2011 -- is to reveal substantial truths behind these apparent truisms -- "that time structures agency from within", "that time is an ineliminable constituent of agency" (1). Put simply, to understand action we must understand the role of time in action, intention, deliberation, and commitment. But don't be misled. The thesis is not about the metaphysics of time at all, as though the truth about agency turns on debates. . .

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