Attitutes in action

a causal account


  • Lynne Rudder Baker University of Massachusetts


Mental causation, Causal explanation, Intentional properties, Supervenience, Counterfactuals


This article aims to vindicate the commonsensical view that what we think affects what we do. In order to show that mental properties like believing, desiring and intending are causally explanatory, I propose a nonreductive, materialistic account that identifies beliefs and desires by their content, and that shows how differences in the contents of beliefs and desires can make causal differences in what we do. 


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Biografia do Autor

Lynne Rudder Baker, University of Massachusetts

Professor of the Departament of Philosophy of the University of Massachusetts.


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BAKER, L. R. Attitutes in action : a causal account. Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas, SP, v. 25, n. 3, p. 47–78, 2002. Disponível em: Acesso em: 3 fev. 2023.