Reason and Agency
Pink (Thomas)
Source: Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 1997; 97: 263-280
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    A motivation-based conception of human action, found in Hobbes or Davidson, characterizes action as something motivated by psychological attitudes that make it purposive or goal-directed. A practical reason-based conception, found in Aquinas or Kant, characterizes human action as the exercise of a capacity to apply (or misapply) a distinctively practical reason. Only the practical reason-based conception is consistent with the extension accorded 'is an intentional action' by common sense psychology. Despite this, the motivation-based conception gained ground from the early modern period onwards, supported by new developments in the theory of human rationality.


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