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The teleological explanation of action

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A different analytical approach to that of the standard causal theory to the explanation of action is proposed. It is argued that the most basic kind of explanation of action is teleological explanation in terms of external reasons. what this amounts to is that an action is the result of a causal process which adapts its results to whatever is objectively practically rational. Explanation in terms of psychological states depends on being able to make this externalist sort of explanation.<...>

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Faculty of Literae Humaniores
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Author
Publication date:
1991
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford
Barcode:
602327178
URN:
uuid:0f9add24-82bb-4777-b2c4-669262f2015b
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td:602327178
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English
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