The Mind and Metaphysics of Agency

Gareth Paul Fuller, University of Texas at El Paso


In this thesis, I try to spell out what it is to be a human agent. I start by defending an account of agency which I call the cognitive account. The cognitive account of agency holds that there are certain mental capabilities that are required to determine what is an action of the agent and what is not. This then leads into a discussion of intentionality, where I defend a functionalist account of intentional realism. After this I discuss how actions and events are individuated leading into a discussion of what it is to do something intentionally. This relies heavily on the role of act plans, which I believe are better represented by the componential view of actions that I defend earlier.

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Fuller, Gareth Paul, "The Mind and Metaphysics of Agency" (2011). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1494347.