Mechanisms that respond to reasons : an Aristotelian approach to agency

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Title: Mechanisms that respond to reasons : an Aristotelian approach to agency
Authors: Stout, Rowland
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Date: Dec-2012
Online since: 2013-12-11T10:07:04Z
Abstract: Are there any mechanisms in the natural world that respond to reasons – that are sensitive to considerations about what they should do? I think that the answer is that there are approximately 6.6 billion of them on this planet alone. This is not to say that there is nothing more to being a person than being a rational agent – a reasons-responder. My claim is just that to the extent that we are agents we are mechanisms that respond to reasons.
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: Notre Dame University Press
Copyright (published version): 2012, University of Notre Dame Press
Keywords: Causal approachActionAristotelianPractical rationality
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Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Is part of: Fran O'Rourke (eds.). Human Destinies : Philosophical Essays in Memory of Gerald Hanratty
ISBN: 978-0-268-03734-5
Appears in Collections:Philosophy Research Collection

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