[hist-analytic] Mele and the history of analytic philosophy of action

Baynesr at comcast.net Baynesr at comcast.net
Fri Feb 4 14:22:15 EST 2011

Thanks JL, as usual. For those interested in the mind/body problem Heil and Mele's anthology "Mental Causation" (Oxford (1993) 2003 is, absolutely, essential reading. No avoiding it. 



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It is excellent that Bayne is considering this latest book by Mele. Mele's 
site contains a full list of his publications, ordered, typically, 
unchronologically. I have selected a few that deal with historical issues in his 
interesting philosopher. Cheers. Speranza 

""Libet on Free Will: Readiness Potentials, Decisions, and Awareness," in 
L. Nadel and W. Sinnott-Armstrong, eds. Libet, Free Will, and 
Responsibility. Oxford University Press (forthcoming)." 

---- I take this as 'historical' in that it is an exegesis of Libet. 

""Approaching Self-Deception: How Robert Audi and I Part Company." 
Consciousness and Cognition 19 (2010): 745-750." 

Again, I take that as exegetical or historical in that it mentions Audi. 

“Fischer and Ravizza on Moral Responsibility,” Journal of Ethics 10 
(2006): 283-294. 

Again, exegeses and criticism of other authors. 

“A Critique of Pereboom’s ‘Four-Case Argument’ for Incompatibilism,” 
Analysis (2005) 65: 75-80. 


“Dennett on Freedom,” Metaphilosophy (2005): 36: 414-426. 

Again. Here we are getting closer to the period that interests me, since 
Dennett's background is Oxonian, under Gilbert Ryle, at All Souls, Oxford. 

J. Gert and A. Mele, “Lenman on Externalism and Amoralism: An 
Interplanetary Exploration.” Philosophia, 32 (2005): 275-283. 

A study of Lenman. 

“Motivated Irrationality,” in A. Mele and P. Rawling, eds. The Oxford 
Handbook of Rationality (Oxford University Press, 2004), 240-256. 

This is the title of a book by D. F. Pears, who died last year. 

“Chisholm on Freedom,” Metaphilosophy (2003) 34: 630-648. 

An exegesis. 

“Intending and Trying: Tuomela vs. Bratman at the Video Arcade,” in M. 
Sintonen, P. Ylikoski, and K. Miller, eds., Realism in Action, (Kluwer, 
2003), 129-135. 

Again, a double exegesis. 

H. Beebee and A. Mele, “Humean Compatibilism.” Mind, 111 (2002): 201-223. 

Good: a big one here: Hume. 

“Kane, Luck, and the Significance of Free Will,” Philosophical 
Explorations 2 (1999): 96-104. 


“Strength of Motivation and Being in Control: Learning from Libet,” 
American Philosophical Quarterly 34 (1997): 319-332. 

More on Libet. 

“Underestimating Self-Control: Kennett and Smith on Frog and Toad,” An 
alysis 57 (1997): 119-123. 


F. Adams and A. Mele, “The Intention/Volition Debate.” Canadian Journal 
of Philosophy 22 (1992): 323-338. 

This above may deal with the issue brought by D. Frederick. 

“Dretske’s Intricate Behavior,” Philosophical Papers 20 (1991): 1-10. 

An exegesis on a good author. I think this was possibly a personal 
influence. Michigan? Wisconsin? 

“Intention, Belief, and Intentional Action,” American Philosophical 
Quarterly 26 (1989): 19-30. 

There is a paper by Pears, Belief and intention, and Grice, "Intention and 
uncertainty" dwells deeply on these issues. 

“Akratic Feelings,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 50 (1989): 

The locus classicus for Grice on akrasia is his reply to Davidson, 
"Davidson on weakness of the will", in Vermazen/Hintikka. 

(Review article) “Self-Deception and Akrasia: A Review of David Pears’s 
Motivated Irrationality,” Behaviorism 14 (1986): 183-191. 

Good he dedicated a review article to this master of Christ Church, Oxford. 

“Aristotle on Akrasia, Eudaimonia, and the Psychology of Action,” History 
of Philosophy Quarterly 2 (1985): 375-393. Reprinted in N. Sherman, ed. 
Aristotle’s Ethics: Critical Essays (Rowman and Littlefield, 1999). 

We get to REAL EXEGESIS. I like that, and see his specialty is Greek 
philosophy, too. 

“How to Represent Aristotelian Deliberation Syllogistically,” TheNew 
Scholasticism 59 (1985): 484-492. 

Excellent exegetical, it sounds like. 

“Aristotle on the Roles of Reason in Motivation and Justification,” 
Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 66 (1984): 124-147. 


“Aristotle’s Wish,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 22 (1984): 


“Aristotle on the Proximate Efficient Cause of Action,” Canadian Journal 
of Philosophy, Supplementary Vol. X (1984): 133-155. 


“Pears on Akrasia, and Defeated Intentions,” Philosophia 14 (1984): 

Pears co-worked with Grice in the philosophy of action, of course, and 
Grice quotes Pears on predictability in the British Academy Lecture. Pears 
also has ANOTHER less quoted collection, Problems in the philosophy of mind. 
Pears is closer to Grice in these areas than Hampshire (Thought and Action), 
or other Oxonians, who covered the same ground. 

“Aristotle on the Justification of Ends,” Proceedings ofthe American 
Catholic Philosophical Association 56 (1982): 79-86. 


“Choice and Virtue in the Nicomachean Ethics,” Journalof the History of 
Philosophy 19 (1981): 405-423. 

We are getting closer to which was Grice's favourite philosophical book -- 

“The Practical Syllogism and Deliberation in Aristotle’s Causal Theory of 
Action,” The New Scholasticism 55 (1981): 281-316. 


“Aristotle on Akrasia and Knowledge,” The Modern Schoolman 58 (1981): 


“On ‘Happiness and the Good Life’,” Southwestern Journalof Philosophy 10 
(1979): 181-187. 

So, his first essay is on something Grice will write in a later stage of 
his life, vide Warner, "Grice on happiness". Grice's paper on happiness in 
terms of the good life -- relying of course on Ackrill's Aristotle -- and 
thus explicitly cited, in Grice, "Aspects of Reason", appendix: "Happiness". 
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