In memory of Georg Henrik von Wright’s Centennial Anniversary (1916-2003)

Journal title PARADIGMI
Author/s Rosaria Egidi
Publishing Year 2016 Issue 2016/2 Language Italian
Pages 6 P. 125-130 File size 126 KB
DOI 10.3280/PARA2016-002010
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This paper aims at clarifying (i) some connections between von Wright’s theory of action and his later analysis of the Mental and (ii) the application of the compatibilistic paradigm that underlies the concepts of "free agency" and "determinism" to those of mind and matter. Von Wright’s arguments on the conceptual nature of the mental and physical aspects of action and his critique to the dualism of mind and matter are particularly underlined.

Keywords: Action, Compatibilism, Determinism, Matter, Mind, Von Wright.

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Rosaria Egidi, In memoria di Georg Henrik von Wright (1916-2003) nel centenario della nascita in "PARADIGMI" 2/2016, pp 125-130, DOI: 10.3280/PARA2016-002010