<philosophy of action, action, Absolute, romanticism>, <moralism, Blondel, philosophy of politics, Sorel, violence>, <activism, pragmatism, William James, Dewey, behavior> branch of philosophy concerned with the analysis and explanation of what human beings do. Understanding the relation between choice or volition and the performance of an action seems crucial for the ascription of responsibility in ethics. Recommended Reading: Readings in the Theory of Action, ed. by Norman S. Care and Charles Landesman (Indiana, 1968); The Philosophy of Action, ed. by Alfred R. Mele (Oxford, 1997); Philosophical Perspectives: Action Theory and Philosophy, ed. by James E. Tomberlin (Ridgeview, 1990).
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