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This volume contains a set of state-of-the-art essays by younger philosophers on various topics in the philosophy of action. Some of the essays are about the metaphysics of action and agency; some consider the nature of autonomy and free agency; some explore conceptual and normative issues, some draw on data from psychology and psychopathology. But what all of them have in common is that they address some problem related to our existence as human agents. The range of topics covered is this collection is broad. This is intentional. Rather than focus on one narrow topic in the philosophy of action, this volume brings together papers that, taken together, introduce readers to some key debates in contemporary philosophy of action. Readers new to the field should come away from the volume with a good sense of the state-of-the-art with respect to current thinking about human action and agency. For their part, established researchers in the field will find the essays to be original contributions that substantially advance many debates about action and agency.


Description

This volume contains a set of state-of-the-art essays by younger philosophers on various topics in the philosophy of action. Some of the essays are about the metaphysics of action and agency; some consider the nature of autonomy and free agency; some explore conceptual and normative issues, some draw on data from psychology and psychopathology. But what all of them have in common is that they address some problem related to our existence as human agents. The range of topics covered is this collection is broad. This is intentional. Rather than focus on one narrow topic in the philosophy of action, this volume brings together papers that, taken together, introduce readers to some key debates in contemporary philosophy of action. Readers new to the field should come away from the volume with a good sense of the state-of-the-art with respect to current thinking about human action and agency. For their part, established researchers in the field will find the essays to be original contributions that substantially advance many debates about action and agency.


Reviews

"New Waves in Philosophy of Action is an excellent collection of the most recent and innovative work in the field of philosophy of action, which includes the topics of free will and moral responsibility. The editors have brought together several rising stars , and they have taken care to cover the most intriguing controversies currently unfolding. This would make a wonderful book for a graduate class. It will certainly become required reading for scholars working in this field." - Michael McKenna, University of Arizona, USA

"This is an excellent collection of papers on action theory. I especially like the fact that the essays are by young philosophers whose ideas will shape discussion for years to come." - Storrs McCall, McGill University, Canada

"This volume is impressive and refreshing testimony to the liveliness of a new generation of philosophers of action - both in advancing well established debates and in helpfully extending the boundaries of the subject." - John Bishop, The University of Auckland, New Zealand





Contents


Series Editors' Preface
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction
PART I: FOUNDATIONS OF ACTION AND AGENCY
Agency, Ownership, and the Standard Theory; M.E.Schlosser
Failing to do the Impossible; C.Sartorio
Experimental Philosophy of Action; T.Nadelhoffer
PART II: AUTONOMY
Identification, Psychology, and Habits; B.Pollard
Mass Perverse Identification: An Argument for a Modest Concept of Autonomy; Y.Shemmer
Cartesian Reflections on the Autonomy of the Mental; M.Soteriou
PART III: FREE AGENCY
The Revisionist Turn: A Brief History of Recent Work on Free Will; M.Vargas
Luck and Free Will; N.Levy
Experimental Philosophy on Free Will: An Error Theory for Incompatibilist Intuitions; E.Nahmias& D.Murray
PART IV: ACTION AND AGENCY IN CONTEXT
Agentive Experiences as Pushmi-Pullyu Representations; T.Bayne
Double Bookkeeping in Delusions: Explaining the Gap Between Saying and Doing; L.Bortolotti
The Limits of Rationality in Collective Action Explanations; S.R.Chant
Index


Authors

JESÚS H. AGUILAR is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology, USA. He is co-editor with Andrei Buckareff of Philosophy of Action: 5 Questions (2009) and Causing Human Action: New Perspectives on the Casual Theory of Action (forthcoming). He has published articles on topics in philosophy of mind and action, Latin-American philosophy, and philosophy of literature.
 
ANDREI A. BUCKAREFF is Assistant Professor at Marist College, USA. He has published articles on topics in epistemology, philosophy of mind and action, and philosophy of religion.
 
KEITH FRANKISH is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the Open University, UK and Adjunct Professor with the Brain and Mind Programme of the University of Crete. He is author of Mind and Supermind (2004), Consciousness (2005) and numerous articles. He is also co-editor of In Two Minds: Dual Processes and Beyond (2009).