Rational Agency

(Foto: Hæge Håtveit)

Intentional actions are commonly thought of as bodily movements with a special kind of cause, namely reasons. Reasons for action are typically understood as belief-desire pairs. We are developing an alternative conception, where different forms of knowledge (knowledge of reasons, observational knowledge, knowing how) play foundational roles.

We test this strategy by examining various kinds of defective agency (Mature Action and its Defects). We also investigate the continuities and discontinuities between animal and human agency, focussing in particular on the different kinds of norms they manifest (Animal Agency). Finally, against the background of our revised conception of agency, we investigate questions about the relations between intentionality, representation and cognitive psychology (Agency, Perception and Representation).


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Published Jan. 18, 2012 7:49 PM - Last modified Feb. 1, 2012 1:33 PM