Mindless Action

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There is a growing body of evidence on the influences of automatic and unconscious processes on our actions. Here I introduce some representative examples of this growing body of evidence, chosen so as to form a diverse group of related mindless phenomena: habits, skills, priming and nudges. I then argue that this evidence challenges traditional belief-desire-based approaches in the philosophy of action. I further discuss a recently proposed solution to this challenge, Gendler’s Alief, finding it wanting. I conclude by sketching my own alternative solution, based on the old story of Buridan’s ass.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2012
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventControl and the Absent Mind -
Duration: 29 Jun 20121 Jul 2012


ConferenceControl and the Absent Mind
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