Journals Higher Education



Published: 02 August 2001

520 Pages | 39 line illus

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195138788

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Facing the Future

Agents and Choices in Our Indeterminist World

Nuel Belnap, Michael Perloff, and Ming Xu

Here is an important new theory of human action, a theory that assumes actions are founded on choices made by agents who face an open future. It is a theory that makes indeterminism not only intelligible but illuminating. Tools from philosophy of language and philosophical logic help generate a full-scale account of agents "seeing to it that." The authors then proceed to clarify a variety of action-related topics such as determinism vs. indeterminism, imperatives, promises, strategies, joint agency, "could have done otherwise," deontic constructions, and assertions about a not yet settled future.


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