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VOLITION and Allied Causal Concepts

© Avi Sion, 2004. All rights reserved.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

 

Contents in brief:

Abstract

1. Basic Causal Relations

2. Interactions between Volition and Causation

3. Further Analysis of Volition

4. Consciousness and Responsibility

5. Influence and Freedom

6. Further Analysis of Influence

7. The Workings of Volition

8. Volition and the Special Sciences

9. Will, Velleity and Whim

10. Affections and Appetites

11. Complications of Influence

12. Urges and Impulses

13. The Quasi-Purposive in Nature

14. Concepts of Evolution

15. More about Evolution

16. The Self

17. Some Topics in Deontology

18. More Topics in Deontology

Appendixes

References

 

Contents in detail:

Abstract

 

1.   BASIC CAUSAL RELATIONS

  1.   Causation and volition

  2.   Causality and modality

  3.   Spontaneity

  4.   Relative vs. absolute contingency

 

2.   INTERACTIONS BETWEEN VOLITION AND CAUSATION

  1.    Necessity and inertia in causation

  2.    Direct and indirect volition

  3.    Matter-mind and spirit

  4.    Conceiving Divine volition

  5.    The study of volition

 

3.   FURTHER ANALYSIS OF VOLITION

  1.    Knowledge of volition

  2.    Freedom of the will

  3.    Decision and choice

  4.    Goals and means

 

4.   CONSCIOUSNESS AND RESPONSIBILITY

  1.    The consciousness in volition

  2.    The factors of responsibility

  3.    Judging, and misjudging, people

 

5.   INFLUENCE AND FREEDOM

  1.    Influence occurs via consciousness

  2.    Knowledge of effort, influence and freedom

  3.    Formal analysis of influence

  4.    Incitement

 

6.   FURTHER ANALYSIS OF INFLUENCE

  1.    Some features of influence

  2.    Processes of influence

  3.    Instincts in relation to freewill

  4.    Liberation from unwanted influences

  5.    Propositions about the future

 

7.   THE WORKINGS OF VOLITION

  1.    Cultural context and epistemological considerations

  2.    Theoretical context

  3.    Stages in the process of volition

  4.    The scope of freewill

 

8.   VOLITION AND THE SPECIAL SCIENCES

  1.    Volition and the laws of physics

  2.    Volition and biology

  3.    Therapeutic psychology

 

9.   WILL, VELLEITY AND WHIM

  1.    Cognition, volition and valuation

  2.    Velleity

  3.    Whim

  4.    Inner divisions

 

10.   AFFECTIONS AND APPETITES

  1.    Valuation

  2.    The main valuations

  3.    Ethology

 

11.   COMPLICATIONS OF INFLUENCE

  1.    Habits

  2.    Obsessions and compulsions

  3.    The ego abhors a vacuum

 

12.   URGES AND IMPULSES

  1.    Physical urges and impulses

  2.    Mental urges and impulses

  3.    Formal analysis of physical and mental urges

  4.    Are there drives within the soul?

  5.    Formal analysis of spiritual urges

 

13.   THE QUASI-PURPOSIVE IN NATURE

  1.    Purposiveness

  2.    Organic functions

  3.    The continuity of life

 

14.   CONCEPTS OF EVOLUTION

  1.    The logical form of evolution

  2.    Evidence for evolution

  3.    Random mutation

  4.    Natural selection

 

15.   MORE ABOUT EVOLUTION

  1.    Social Darwinism

  2.    Spiritual Darwinism

  3.    Theological perspectives

 

16.   THE SELF

  1.    Ungluing the mind

  2.    Abstract vs. concrete self

  3.    Sundry reflections on the soul and God

 

17.   SOME TOPICS IN DEONTOLOGY

  1.    Founding ethics

  2.    Ethics concerns the living, thinking, willing

  3.    Conscience and conformism

  4.    Tai Chi, karma yoga and faith

 

18.   MORE TOPICS IN DEONTOLOGY

  1.    Inducing ethics

  2.    Ethical formulas

  3.    Philosophy of law

 

APPENDIXES

  1.    Some formal logic guidelines

  2.    Aristotle’s four causes 

 

REFERENCES

    About "Causal Logic"

 

See also: Ruminations, chapter 8.

 

 

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