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The Inner Life of a Rational Agent: In Defence of Philosophical Behaviourism

Rowland Stout


This book provides an up-to-date version of behaviourism, although not a form of behaviourism that denies the existence of consciousness, free will, rationality, etc., nor aims to reduce these to other sorts of things. Properly understood, the idea of being disposed to behave in a certain way is seen as being exactly as rich and interesting as the idea of being in a certain state of mind. The fact that our ways of behaving are sensitive to practical rationality is taken to be an essential aspect of our nature as conscious agents. In describing such a version of practical rationality, the autho ... More

Keywords: behaviourism, consciousness, free will, rationality, mental states, practical rationality, belief, intention, knowledge, perception

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780748623433
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623433.001.0001


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Rowland Stout, author

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PART I Context

PART II What is a Disposition to Behave in a Certain Way?

PART III The Theory Applied

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