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Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


E thics, philosophy of action A term borrowed by Davidson from ethical theory for his causal theory of action. A pro-attitude is an agent 's mental attitude directed toward an action under a certain description. Such attitudes include wants, desires , urges, moral views, aesthetic principles, and economic prejudices. Such a set of mental attitudes, together with the agent's belief that acting in a certain way promotes what the agent wants or values , form the primary reason for an agent to act in that way. “Reference to other attitudes besides wanting, or thinking he ought, may help specify the agent's reasons, but it seems that some positive, or pro-attitude must be involved.” Davidson, Essays on Actions and Events ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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