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Time and the Philosophy of Action

1st Edition

Edited by Roman Altshuler, Michael J. Sigrist


290 pages

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Although scholarship in philosophy of action has grown in recent years, there has been little work explicitly dealing with the role of time in agency, a role with great significance for the study of action. As the articles in this collection demonstrate, virtually every fundamental issue in the philosophy of action involves considerations of time. The four sections of this volume address the metaphysics of action, diachronic practical rationality, the relation between deliberation and action, and the phenomenology of agency, providing an overview of the central developments in each area with an emphasis on the role of temporality. Including contributions by established, rising, and new voices in the field, Time and the Philosophy of Action brings analytic work in philosophy of action together with contributions from continental philosophy and cognitive science to elaborate the central thesis that agency not only develops in time but is shaped by it at every level.


"As these diverse essays on action show, there are various ways … to construe the role of time in action, what the editors like to call "the temporality of action." There are some very good essays here that make serious contributions to philosophy of action."Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Roman Altshuler and Michael Sigrist Part 1: The Metaphysics of Actions 2. Slip-Proof Actions Santiago Amaya 3. The Antinomy of Basic Action Kim Frost 4. Second Nature in Action and Perception Ben Wolfson5. Making the Agent Reappear: How Processes Can Help Helen Steward Part 2: Diachronic Practical Rationality 6. "What on Earth Was I Thinking?" How Anticipating Plan’s End Places an Intention in Time Edward S. Hinchman 7. Pro-Tempore Disjunctive Intentions Luca Ferrero 8. Evaluative Commitments and Diachronic Agency Monika Betzler 9. Updating the Story of Mental Time Travel: Narrating and Engaging with Our Possible Pasts and Futures Daniel D. Hutto and Patrick McGivernPart 3: Deliberation, Motivation, and Agency 10. Time for Action J. David Velleman 11. Time and the ‘Antinomies’ of Deliberation John Drummond 12. Habituation and First-Person Authority Jonathan Webber 13. Timing Is Not Everything: The Intrinsic Temporality of Action Shaun Gallagher Part 4: Phenomenology and the Temporality of Agency 14. Care, Finitude and Time in Frankfurt and Heidegger B. Scot Rousse 15. Merleau-Ponty on the Temporality of Practical Dispositions David Ciavatta 16. Acts as Changes: A Metabolic Approach to the Philosophy of Action Micah Tillman 17. Hamlet and the Time of Action Henry Somers-Hall

About the Editors

Roman Altshuleris Assistant Professor at Kutztown University, USA

Michael J. Sigrist is Professorial Lecturer at George Washington University, USA

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Epistemology