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Berkeley's Immaterialist Account of Action
A number of critics have argued that Berkeley's metaphysics can offer no tenable account of human agency. In this paper I argue that Berkeley does have a coherent account of action. The paperExpand
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The Indeterminacy of Desire and Practical Reason
Bernard Williams’ argument for internalism about reasons for action has received a great deal of attention. However, another element of Williams’ view about reason has not been much discussed.Expand
Reasons, desire, and ends
An Account of Practical Decisions
This paper offers an account of practical decisions. The author argues that decisions do not need to be conscious, nor do they need to be settled by deliberation. Agents can be mistaken about whatExpand
Good Advice
Abstract Advice is interesting because it is a relationship that is built upon two asymmetries. Advice concerns what the advisee ought to do. For that reason, considerations of autonomy suggest thatExpand
CDAs know the reasons why.
Hume on Weakness of Will
Hume is a sceptic about practical reason. Reason is never the ultimate source of action or motivation. It merely works on existing desires. As Hume famously put it, ‘reason is, and ought only to beExpand
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The gravity of oppositions: the life and art of Thomas Hardy
A narrative derived from the life and work of a writer can offer deeper insight than looking at his work as a separate study. To concentrate biographically on the superficial details of Hardy’s lifeExpand
Ego Depletion and the Humean Theory of Motivation
By what capacities do human beings engage in intentional action? Humeans about motivation claim that the source of all action is desire. Volitionalists claim that action has two distinct sources,Expand