The conclusion of practical reasoning: The shadow between idea and act

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Abstract

There is a puzzle about how to understand the conclusion of a successful instance of practical reasoning. Do the considerations adduced in reasoning rationalize the particular doing of an action, as Aristotle is sometimes interpreted as claiming? Or does reasoning conclude in the formation of an attitude-an intention, say-that has an action-type as its content? This paper attempts to clarify what is at stake in that debate and defends the latter view against some of its critics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-302
Number of pages16
JournalCanadian Journal of Philosophy
Volume43
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 4 2013

Keywords

  • Action
  • Intention
  • Practical reasoning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy

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