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Paper   IPM / Philosophy / 14678
School of Analytic Philosophy
  Title:   Review of Action Reconceptualized: Human Agency and Its Sources by David Chan
  Author(s):  Amir Saemi
  Status:   Published
  Journal: Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
  Year:  2016
  Supported by:  IPM
David K. Chan provides an account of various mental entities that interact with each other to produce human action. Once we have a theory of human action, Chan states, we will be in a better position to examine how to evaluate human actions from a moral perspective. I will address only two sets of claims that I don't find convincing. The first concerns Chan's idea that we need to introduce a new category of non-intentional action (besides intentional and unintentional) to account for actions that do not result from practical reasoning. The second concerns Chan's claim that the traditional Doctrine of Double Effect is not tenable, and needs to be replaced by another doctrine he introduces.

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