Index
actions:
basic vs. non-basic 23 , 42
internalist conception of 19 , 23 , 39-49 ,
location of 39-49 , 176
paradigmatic 1-2 , 18 , 20 , 45
actors 23 , 26-9 , 50-3 , 224
adjuncts 20 , 25 , 27 , 38
agency 30 , 50 , 52 , 155 , 157 , 207
Agent 26-54 , 72-6 , 92-3 , 221 , 224
ambiguity 21 , 29 , 53-4 , 86 , 159 , 162
anomaly 128 , 151 , 186
Anscombe, G. 20
Antony, L. 14 , 194
Armstrong, D. 8 , 45 , 127 , 211 , 254
automata 159
autonomy 186 , 195
background conditions 1 , 98 , 148
Baker, M. 10 , 14 , 34 , 50 , 52 , 99 , 232
basic objects 196 , 200-3 , 212
Bedeutung 55-88 , 90-1 , 101 , 248 , 250
Bedeutung-shifting 60-3 , 66-7 , 70 , 75 , 88
beliefs 2-5 , 248 , 250 , 253-7 and passim
Big Bang 139
biofeedback 155
bodily motions 1-3 , 41-2 , 110-15 , 147-56 , 174-84 , 219-22 , 240 and passim
boundary conditions 118
Burge, T. 10 , 14 , 60 , 61 , 68 , 77 , 85 , 192 , 238
capacities 113-16 , 132-8 , 162 , 199 , 221 , 238
Cartwright, N. 64 , 121 , 122 , 127 , 134-7 , 238
categorization 17
causal chains 10 , 40 , 107 , 111 , 148-53 , 180
causation:
mechanical vs. rational 149-50 , 220 , 242
perceived 224-5 , 228 , 234-5
psychophysical 237
as a relation between events 4 , 89 , 95-8 , 234
supervenient 243
transitivity of 105-7 , 149 , 235 see also explanation
causatives 34-9 , 134 , 222 , 235
causes:
impersonal 150 , 245
inner 8 , 18 , 152 , 155 , 168 , 169
proximal/distal 5 , 148-51 , 168 , 239-40
rationalizing 9-10 , 150-5 , 163-4 , 244-6
triggering vs. structuring 98
ceteris absentibus 138-9 , 143-6 , 257
ceteris paribus laws:
abnormal instances of 120 , 123-30 , 133-4 , 141-6 ; see also interfering factors
as explanatory generalizations 108 , 117-46
fortituous instances of 134-5 , 145-6
and mental causation 10-13 , 111 , 218
and tryings 45 , 113 , 157
Child, W. 27 , 103 , 105 , 217
Chomsky, N. 17 , 150
Cicero 77
complementizers 55 , 65-78 , 83-4 , 91-2
compositionality 18 , 55-66 , 73 , 79-83 , 248
concepts:
of causation/explanation 89 , 107 , 142 , 179 , 220 , 225-36
of persons 161-7 , 186
relation to puzzles 17
consciousness 13 , 158 , 167 , 227
conservation principles 122
content:
of biochemical/mental events 12 , 164
conceptual/nonconceptual 247
naturalism 12 , 247-59
as related to error 13 , 256-9
as related to thematic role 43-4 , 92-3
theories of 246-54
context sensitivity:
of counterfactuals 183
of explanation 90
of senses 63
continuants 167
counterfactuals 5 , 130 , 137-9 , 167 , 179-84 , 190 , 198 , 254
covering laws 107 , 111 , 139-40 , 221 , 230 , 236
Cummins, R. 117 , 142 , 143 , 258
Davidson, D. 1-6 , 10 , 18-22 , 25-6 , 30 , 56 , 59 , 81 , 96 , 98 , 122 , 157 , 224

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  • Causing Actions iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • Introduction 1
  • 1: Actions as Inner Causes 18
  • 2: Fregean Innocence 55
  • 3: From Explanation to Causation 89
  • 4: Other Things Being Equal 117
  • 5: Personal Dualism 147
  • 6: Modal Concerns 179
  • 7: Natural Causes 216
  • Appendix 246
  • References 260
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