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  1. Texts recommended for purchase 4 items
    1. Intention, plans, and practical reason - Bratman, Michael 1999

      Book 

    2. The philosophy of action - Mele, Alfred R. 1997

      Book 

    3. The philosophy of action: an introduction - Moya, Carlos J. 1990

      Book 

    4. Essays on actions and events - Davidson, Donald 2001

      Book 

  2. Useful online browsing resources 7 items
    1. A companion to the philosophy of action - O'Connor, Timothy, Sandis, Constantine 2010 (electronic resource)

      Book 

    2. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

      Website  See especially the entries ‘Intention’, ‘Action’, ‘Weakness of Will’ and ‘Shared Agency’

    3. Google Scholar

      Website  Off-campus, if Manchester full text articles don't display, open Scholar Preferences and set Library Links to link to: The University of Manchester - Find It via JRUL

  3. Useful Introductory Articles to the Philosophy of Action 10 items
    1. The philosophy of action: an introduction - Moya, Carlos J. 1990

      Book  Chapter 1

    2. Central issues of philosophy - Shand, John 2009

      Book  Ferraro, L. "Action"

    3. Essays on actions and events - Davidson, Donald 1980

      Book  Chapter on Agency

    4. Reason and Agency - Thomas Pink

      Article 

    5. On action - Ginet, Carl 1990

      Book  Chapter 1

    6. What Happens When Someone Acts? - J. David Velleman

      Article 

    7. The possibility of practical reason - Velleman, J. David 2000

      Book  Chapter 1

    8. Action - Stout, Rowland 2005

      Book  Chapter 1

  4. Lecture 1: Basic Actions 10 items
    1. Tutorial Reading 1 item
      1. Basic Actions - Arthur C. Danto Apr., 1965

        Article 

    2. Other Readings 9 items
      1. How We Act: Causes, Reasons, and Intentions - Enccedil, Berent, Oxford University Press 2003 (electronic resource)

        Book  Available as an Oxford Scholarship ebook

      2. Actions - Hornsby, Jennifer 1980

        Book  See Chapters 5 and 6

      3. Agents and their Actions - Maria Alvarez, John Hyman 1998/04/01

        Article 

  5. Lecture 2: The individuation of actions 13 items
    1. Tutorial Reading 1 item
    2. Other Readings 12 items
      1. The philosophy of action: an introduction - Moya, Carlos J. 1990

        Book  Chapter 3

      2. Events and their names - Bennett, Jonathan c1988

        Book  Chapters XII-XIV

      3. Actions - Hornsby, Jennifer 1980

        Book  chapters 1 and 2 including their appendices

      4. Individuation of Actions - Lawrence H Davis

        Article 

      5. On action - Ginet, Carl 1990

        Book  Chapter 3

      6. The works of agency: on human action, will, and freedom - McCann, Hugh 1998

        Book  McCann H. J. (1983) ‘Individuating Actions: The Fine-Grained Approach’ Canadian Journal of Philosophy Vol. 13 pp. 493-512. Reprinted (with a sister paper ‘The Individuation of Action and the Unity of Agency’) in his (1998) The Works of Agency Ithaca: Cornell Univ Press.

      7. Goldman on act individuation - Jay Alan Smith 1978-12-1

        Article 

      8. Intention - Anscombe, G. E. M. 1963

        Book  Sections 19 and 23ff

      9. ‘By’ - Benjamin Schnieder 2009-3-19

        Article 

  6. Lecture 3: Causalism: the case for 19 items
    1. Tutorial Reading 1 item
      1. The philosophy of action - Mele, Alfred R. 1997

        Book  Tutorial Reading (on Blackboard): O’Shaughnessy B. (1974) ‘Trying (as the Mental Pineal Gland)’ Journal of Philosophy Vol. 70 pp. 365-86. Reprinted in (1997) The Philosophy of Action A. R. Mele (ed.) Oxford: OUP.

    2. Other readings: Reason causalism 4 items
      1. Essays on actions and events - Davidson, Donald 1980

        Book  see Davidson D. (1980) `Actions, Reasons and Causes' and `Freedom to act' in

      2. The philosophy of action - Mele, Alfred R. 1997

        Book  see Davidson D. `Actions, Reasons and Causes' and `Freedom to act' , reprinted in

      3. The philosophy of action - Mele, Alfred R. 1997

        Book  Reprints Audi R. (1986) 'Acting for reasons'

    3. Other readings: Intention causalism 4 items
    4. Other readings: Agent causalism 10 items
      1. Action theory: proceedings of the Winnipeg Conference on Human Action, held at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 9-11 May 1975 - Brand, Myles, Walton, Douglas N., Winnipeg Conference on Human Action c1976

        Book  Chisholm R.M. (1975) ‘The Agent as Cause’ Action Theory M. Brand and D. Walton (eds) Dordrecht: Reidel.

      2. Action and purpose - Taylor, Richard 1966

        Book 

      3. Agents, causes, and events: essays on indeterminism and free will - O'Connor, Timothy 1995

        Book  see: O'Connor T. (1995) ‘Agent causation’

      4. Why Agent Causation? - Lynn Stephens

        Article 

      5. Agent-causation - John Bishop 1983

        Article 

      6. Agency and action - Hyman, John, Steward, Helen 2004

        Book  See Hornsby J. 'Agency and Actions'

  7. Lecture 4: Causalism: the case against 16 items
    1. Tutorial Reading 1 item
    2. Other Readings: A problem for causalists: deviant (or wayward) causal chains 5 items
      1. The works of agency: on human action, will, and freedom - McCann, Hugh 1998

        Book  see McCann H. J. (1998) `Agency and the problem of causal deviance' in

      2. The philosophy of action: an introduction - Moya, Carlos J. 1990

        Book  Chapter 11

      3. Action - Stout, Rowland 2005

        Book 

    3. Other Readings: Some anti-causalist writings 10 items
      1. Frankfurt H. G. (1978) `The problem of action' American Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 15 pp. 157

        Article  Reprinted in his (1988) The Importance of What we Care About Cambridge: CUP

      2. The importance of what we care about: philosophical essays - Frankfurt, Harry G. c1998

        Book  see Frankfurt H. G. (1978) `The problem of action'

      3. Teleological realism: mind, agency, and explanation - Sehon, Scott Robert c2005

        Book 

      4. Reasons and Purposes: Human Rationality and the Teleological Explanation of Action - Schueler, G. F., Oxford University Press 2003 (electronic resource)

        Book 

      5. Free action - Melden, A. I. 1961

        Book  Chapters 3-5 and 8-9

      6. Knowledge and mind: philosophical essays - Ginet, Carl, Shoemaker, Sydney, Malcolm, Norman 1983

        Book  see Anscombe G. E. M. (1983) `The Causation of Action'

      7. On action - Ginet, Carl 1990

        Book  Chapter 1

  8. Lecture 5: Intentional Action 20 items
    1. Tutorial Reading 1 item
      1. Bratman M. E. (1984) `Two Faces of Intention' Philosophical Review Vol. 93 pp. 375-405

        Article  Reprinted in (1997) The Philosophy of Action A. R. Mele (ed.) Oxford: OUP.

    2. Other readings 19 items
      1. Intention, plans, and practical reason - Bratman, Michael 1999

        Book  Chapters 8-10 An earlier, 1987, edition of this text was published by Harvard: either edition will do

      2. Intention, plans, and practical reason - Bratman, Michael 1987

        Book  Chapters 8-10

      3. The works of agency: on human action, will, and freedom - McCann, Hugh 1998

        Book 

      4. Intentional Action and the Unintentional Fallacy - Ryan Wasserman

        Webpage  Available as a pdf via the author's personal webpage, hosted by Western Washington University

      5. The intentional and the intended - J. L. A. Garcia 1990-9

        Article 

      6. On action - Ginet, Carl 1990

        Book  Chapter 4

      7. Mele A. R. and Moser P. K. (1994) ‘Intentional Action’ Noûs Vol. 28 pp. 39-68

        Article  Reprinted in (1997) The Philosophy of Action A. R. Mele (ed.) Oxford: OUP.

      8. Action - Stout, Rowland 2005

        Book  Chapter 7

      9. The psychology of freedom - Pink, Thomas 1996

        Book 

      10. Intentionality: an essay in the philosophy of mind - Searle, John R. 1983

        Book  Chapter 3

      11. The concept of mind - Ryle, Gilbert 2009 (electronic resource)

        Book 

  9. Lecture 6: Joint Action 25 items
    1. Tutorial Reading 1 item
      1. Intentions in communication - Cohen, Philip R., Morgan, Jerry L., Pollack, Martha E. c1990

        Book  see Searle J. R. (1990) ‘Collective Intentions and Actions’

    2. Other readings 24 items
      1. Bratman M. E. (1992) ‘Shared Cooperative Activity’ Philosophical Review Vol. 101 pp. 327–341

        Article  Reprinted in his Faces of Intention: Selected Essays on Intention and Agency. Cambridge: CUP.

      2. Faces of intention: selected essays on intention and agency - Bratman, Michael 1999

        Book 

      3. Bratman M. E. (1993) ‘Shared Intention’ Ethics Vol. 104 pp. 97-113

        Article  Reprinted in his Faces of Intention: Selected Essays on Intention and Agency. Cambridge: CUP.

      4. Philosophy of the social sciences: philosophical theory and scientific practice - Mantzavinos, Chrysostomos 2009

        Book  see Bratman M. E. (2009) ‘Shared Agency’ [Accessible via Michael Bratman’s website]

      5. Socializing metaphysics: the nature of social reality - Schmitt, Frederick F. c2003

        Book  see Gilbert M. (2003) ‘The Structure of the Social Atom: joint commitment as the foundation of human social behavior’

      6. Rationality in Collective Action - M. Gilbert 01/03/2006

        Article 

      7. The possibility of practical reason - Velleman, J. David 2000

        Book 

      8. Group intentions as equilibria - Sara Rachel Chant, Zachary Ernst 2006-11-8

        Article 

      9. Socializing metaphysics: the nature of social reality - Schmitt, Frederick F. c2003

        Book  see Pettit P. (2003) ‘Groups with minds of their own’ [Accessible via Philip Pettit’s website]

  10. Lecture 7: Weakness of the Will 23 items
    1. Tutorial Reading 1 item
    2. Other Readings 22 items
      1. Weakness of will and rational action - Robert Audi 1990-9-1

        Article 

      2. Essays on actions and events - Davidson, Donald 1980

        Book  see Davidson, D. (1980) ‘How Is Weakness of the Will Possible?’

      3. Holton R. (1999) ‘Intention and Weakness of Will’ Journal of Philosophy Vol. 96 pp. 241-262.

        Article  Reprinted as ch. 4 ‘Weakness of Will’ of his (2009) Willing, Wanting, Waiting Oxford: Clarendon. see below

      4. Willing, wanting, waiting - Holton, Richard 2009 (electronic resource)

        Book 

      5. Weakness of Will and Practical Irrationality - Stroud, Sarah, Tappolet, Christine, Oxford University Press 2003 (electronic resource)

        Book  see Holton R. (2003) ‘How is Strength of Will Possible?’ Reprinted as ch. 6 ‘Strength of Will’ of his Willing, Wanting, Waiting Oxford: Clarendon.

      6. Identity, character, and morality: essays in moral psychology - Flanagan, Owen J., Rorty, Amélie c1990

        Book  see McIntyre A. (1990) ‘Is Akratic Action Always Irrational?’

      7. What Is Wrong with Weakness of Will? - Alison McIntyre Jun., 2006

        Article 

      8. Pacific philosophical quarterly - University of Southern California

        Journal  See Mele A. R.(1991) 'Akratic Action and the Practical Role of Better Judgment' Pacific Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 72 pp. 33-47

      9. Weakness of Will and Practical Irrationality - Stroud, Sarah, Tappolet, Christine, Oxford University Press 2003 (electronic resource)

        Book  see Smith M. (2003) ‘Rational Capacities, or: How to Distinguish Recklessness, Weakness, and Compulsion’ Also reprinted in his (2004) Ethics and the A Priori Cambridge: CUP.

      10. Ethics and the a priori: selected essays on moral psychology and meta-ethics - Smith, Michael 2007 (electronic resource)

        Book  see Smith M. (2003) ‘Rational Capacities, or: How to Distinguish Recklessness, Weakness, and Compulsion’

  11. Lecture 8: Intention 15 items
    1. Tutorial Reading 1 item
      1. A Causal Theory of Intending - Wayne A Davis

        Article  Reprinted in (1997) The Philosophy of Action A. R. Mele (ed.) Oxford: OUP.

    2. Other readings 14 items
      1. Intrinsic intentionality - Hugh J. McCann 1986-5

        Article 

      2. Essays on actions and events - Davidson, Donald 2001

        Book  see Davidson D. (1980) ‘Intending’

      3. Essays on Davidson: actions and events - Vermazen, Bruce, Hintikka, Merrill B. 1985

        Book  see Bratman M. E. (1985) ‘Davidson’s Theory of Intention’ Reprinted as ch. 11 of Bratman’s (1999) Faces of Intention: selected essays on intention and agency Cambridge: CUP. (see below)

      4. Faces of intention: selected essays on intention and agency - Bratman, Michael 1999

        Book 

      5. Taking Plans Seriously - Michael Bratman

        Article 

      6. Springs of action: understanding intentional behavior - Mele, Alfred R. 1992

        Book  Chapter 9

      7. The philosophy of action: an introduction - Moya, Carlos J. 1990

        Book  Chapter 13

      8. Intending - Robert Audi

        Article 

      9. Values and morals: essays in honor of William Frankena, Charles Stevenson, and Richard Brandt - Frankena, William K., Stevenson, Charles L., Brandt, Richard B., Goldman, Alvin I. 1978

        Book  see Beardsley M. C. (1973) ‘Intending’

      10. Willing, wanting, waiting - Holton, Richard 2009

        Book  see ch. 1 ‘Intention’ and ch. 3 ‘Choice’. Also available as an E-book, see below

      11. Willing, wanting, waiting - Holton, Richard 2009 (electronic resource)

        Book 

      12. Change in view: principles of reasoning - Harman, Gilbert c1986

        Book  Chapter 8 and 9

      13. Practical reflection - Velleman, James David c1989

        Book  Ch 4 (especially section 1a). [An earlier, 1989, edition of this text was published by Princeton: either edition will do].

      14. The psychology of freedom - Pink, Thomas 1996

        Book  Ch. 1 and ch. 3 (up to p. 76).

  12. Lecture 9: Intention and belief 18 items
    1. Tutorial Reading 2 items
      1. Holton R. (2008) ‘Partial Belief, Partial Intention’ Mind Vol. 117 pp. 27-58

        Article  Reprinted as ch. 2 ‘Belief’ of his (2009) Willing, Wanting, Waiting Oxford: Clarendon. See below

      2. Willing, wanting, waiting - Holton, Richard 2009

        Book  See Chapter 2, Belief.

    2. Other readings 16 items
      1. Essays on actions and events - Davidson, Donald 2001

        Book  see Davidson D. (1980) ‘Intending’

      2. Proceedings of the British Academy - British Academy

        Journal  Grice H.P. (1971) ‘Intention and Uncertainty’ Proceedings of the British Academy Vol. 57 pp.263 -79.

      3. Essays on Davidson: actions and events - Vermazen, Bruce, Hintikka, Merrill B. 1985

        Book  see Pears D. F. (1985) ‘Intention and Belief’

      4. Practical Reasoning - Gilbert Harman

        Article 

      5. Practical Reflection - J. David Velleman

        Article 

      6. Action in context - Leist, Anton c2007

        Book  see Velleman J. D. (2007) ‘What Good is a Will?’

      7. Practical reflection - Velleman, James David c1989

        Book  Ch 4 (especially sections 1b – e). See also ch. 3 section c part i. [An earlier, 1989, edition of this text was published by Princeton: either edition will do].

      8. Agency and action - Hyman, John, Steward, Helen 2004

        Book  see Langton R. (2004) ‘Intention as Faith’

      9. Spheres of reason: new essays in the philosophy of normativity - Robertson, Simon 2009

        Book  see Bratman M. E. (2009) ‘Intention, Belief, Practical, Theoretical’ Also available an E-book, see below

      10. Spheres of reason: new essays in the philosophy of normativity - Robertson, Simon c2009 (electronic resource)

        Book 

  13. Lecture 10: The Norms of Intention 28 items
    1. Tutorial Reading 2 items
      1. Rational commitment and social justice: essays for Gregory Kavka - Kavka, Gregory S., Coleman, Jules L., Morris, Christopher W. 1998

        Book  Tutorial Reading (on Blackboard): Bratman M. E. (1998) ‘Toxin, temptation, and the stability of intention’ Rational Commitment and Social Justice: essays for Gregory S. Kavka C. W. See below Morris and J. Coleman (eds) Cambridge: CUP. Reprinted as ch. 4 of Bratman’s (1999) Faces of Intention: selected essays on intention and agency Cambridge: CUP.

      2. Faces of intention: selected essays on intention and agency - Bratman, Michael 1999

        Book 

    2. Other readings: On the norms of intention formation 8 items
      1. The psychology of freedom - Pink, Thomas 1996

        Book  See especially chs. 5 and 6.

    3. Other readings: On the norms of intention reconsideration 6 items
      1. Intention, plans, and practical reason - Bratman, Michael 1999

        Book 

      2. Holton R. (2004) ‘Rational Resolve’ Philosophical Review Vol. 113 pp. 507-535.

        Article  Reprinted as ch. 7 ‘Rationality’ in his (2009) Willing, Wanting, Waiting Oxford: Clarendon. see below

      3. Willing, wanting, waiting - Holton, Richard 2009 (electronic resource)

        Book 

      4. Cause, Mind, and Reality - J. Heil October 31, 1989 (Hardcover)

        Book  see Charles D. (1989) ‘Intention.’ Not available at UML

    4. Other readings: On the norms of intention execution 12 items
      1. Intention, plans, and practical reason - Bratman, Michael 1999

        Book 

      2. Practical rationality and preference: essays for David Gauthier - Gauthier, David P., Morris, Christopher W., Ripstein, Arthur 2001

        Book  Accessible via John Broome’s Oxford University website.

      3. The psychology of freedom - Pink, Thomas 1996

        Book  See especially pp. 121-136.

  14. Lecture 1?: Abilities and Freedom 19 items
    1. Tutorial Reading 1 item
    2. Other readings 18 items
      1. Philosophical perspectives: 14: Action and freedom, 2000 - Tomberlin, James E. c2000

        Book  see Vihvelin K. (2000) ‘Libertarian Compatibilism’ pp 139-66.

      2. Questions in the philosophy of mind - Pears, David 1975

        Book  see Pears D. F. (1975) ‘Ifs and cans’

      3. Frankfurt H. G. (1969) ‘Alternate Possibilities and Moral Responsibility’ Journal of Philosophy Vol. 66 pp. 829-39.

        Article  Reprinted in (2003 2nd edition) Free Will G. Watson (ed.) Oxford: OUP. Also reprinted in Frankfurt’s 1988. The Importance of What We Care About: philosophical essays. Cambridge: CUP. See below

      4. Free will - Watson, Gary 2003

        Book 

      5. The importance of what we care about: philosophical essays - Frankfurt, Harry G. c1998

        Book 

      6. Ethics and practical reason - Cullity, Garrett, Gaut, Berys Nigel, Ethics and Practical Reason Conference 1997

        Book  see Smith M. (1997) ‘A Theory of Freedom and Responsibility’ Ethics and Practical Reason Re-printed in Smith’s (2004) Ethics and the A Priori (2004). Cambridge: CUP.

      7. Ethics and the a priori: selected essays on moral psychology and meta-ethics - Smith, Michael 2007 (electronic resource)

        Book 

      8. Weakness of Will and Practical Irrationality - Stroud, Sarah, Tappolet, Christine, Oxford University Press 2003 (electronic resource)

        Book  see Smith M. (2003) ‘Rational Capacities, or: How to Distinguish Recklessness, Weakness, and Compulsion’ Also reprinted in his (2004) Ethics and the A Priori Cambridge: CUP.

      9. Belnap N. and Perloff (1992) ‘The way of the agent’ Studia Logica Vol. 51 pp. 463-84

        Article  [This features quite a bit of logical notation, which may put some of you off. It is worth persisting with, though – some of the main ideas are novel, easy to grasp, and interesting].