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Rational causation, Eric Marcus

Label
Rational causation
Title
Rational causation
Statement of responsibility
Eric Marcus
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Contemporary philosophers of mind tend to explain rationality by viewing the mind as a kind of machine--the only alternative, it has seemed, to a ghostly supernatural explanation. Marcus rejects this choice as false and defends a third way--via rational causation, which draws on the theoretical and practical inferential abilities of human beings
  • We explain what people think and do by citing their reasons, but how do such explanations work, and what do they tell us about the nature of reality? Contemporary efforts to address these questions are often motivated by the worry that our ordinary conception of rationality contains a kernel of supernaturalism--a ghostly presence that meditates on sensory messages and orchestrates behavior on the basis of its ethereal calculations. In shunning this otherworldly conception, contemporary philosophers have focused on the project of "naturalizing" the mind, viewing it as a kind of machine that converts sensory input and bodily impulse into thought and action. Eric Marcus rejects this choice between physicalism and supernaturalism as false and defends a third way. He argues that philosophers have failed to take seriously the idea that rational explanations postulate a distinctive sort of causation--rational causation. Rational explanations do not reveal the same sorts of causal connections that explanations in the natural sciences do. Rather, rational causation draws on the theoretical and practical inferential abilities of human beings. Marcus defends this position against a wide array of physicalist arguments that have captivated philosophers of mind for decades. Along the way he provides novel views on, for example, the difference between rational and nonrational animals and the distinction between states and events
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N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1968-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Marcus, Eric
Dewey number
122
Index
index present
LC call number
BD530
LC item number
.M37 2012eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Causation
  • Agent (Philosophy)
  • Act (Philosophy)
  • PHILOSOPHY
  • PHILOSOPHY
  • Act (Philosophy)
  • Agent (Philosophy)
  • Causation
Label
Rational causation, Eric Marcus
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Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Rational explanation of belief -- Rational explanation of action -- (Non-human) animals and their reasons -- Rational explanation and rational causation -- Events and states -- Physicalism
Control code
794003569
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 266 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674068742
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.4159/harvard.9780674065338
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22573/ctt1j3mz5
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)794003569
Label
Rational causation, Eric Marcus
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Rational explanation of belief -- Rational explanation of action -- (Non-human) animals and their reasons -- Rational explanation and rational causation -- Events and states -- Physicalism
Control code
794003569
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 266 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674068742
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.4159/harvard.9780674065338
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt1j3mz5
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)794003569

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