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Aspects of Agency: Decisions, Abilities, Explanations, and Free Will

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2018.06.32 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Alfred R. Mele, Aspects of Agency: Decisions, Abilities, Explanations, and Free Will, Oxford University Press, 2017, 251 pp., ISBN 9780190659974. Reviewed by Derk Pereboom, Cornell University Al Mele's impressive new book features his most recent contributions to the philosophy of agency and free will. Several of the early chapters set out the key notions in philosophy of action relevant to the free will debate, and they do so with unsurpassed lucidity. Participants in the free will debate will find this material valuable for clarifying their own thinking and writing. Chapter 2 features a careful and resourceful defense of Mele's Davidsonian causalism concerning explanation of intentional action against recent noncausalist opponents. Mele formulates his causalist position as follows: Necessarily, if E is an adequate explanation of an intentional action A performed by an individual agent S, E... . . .

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