Motivation and Agency [Book Review]

Review of Metaphysics 57 (4):856-858 (2004)
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Why do we do what we do? Alfred Mele attempts to answer this question and related ones by drawing from the fields of action theory, philosophy of mind, moral philosophy, and even empirical psychology. The result is a book that is clearly written, shows a command of the contemporary literature in a number of fields, and attempts to offer rigorous solutions that nonetheless take into account commonsense opinions about these topics. Moreover, Mele organizes the book well and helps the reader to keep in mind the whole project by recapitulating his arguments and drawing connections between discussions in various chapters.

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