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Lilian O'Brien (2014), Philosophy of Action (Palgrave Macmillan).

Goulder, N., and Schlosser, M. E. (2013) Philosophy of Action: An Introduction (Bloomsbury).

Aguilar, J.& Buckareff, A. (eds.) (2009) Philosophy of Action: 5 Questions  (London: Automatic Press/VIP)

Stout, R. (2005), Action (Durham: Acumen).

Moya, C. (1990), The Philosophy of Action (Cambridge: Polity Press).

Davis, L.(1979), Theory of Action (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, inc).

Danto, A. C. (1973), Analytic Philosophy of Action, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).


Dancy, J. and Sandis, C. (2015) Philosophy of Action: An Anthology. (Wiley-Blackwell).

Brand, M. (1970) The Nature of Human Action (Glenview, IL:Scott, Foresman).

Ekstrom, L.W. (2001) Agency and Responsibility: Essays on the Metaphysics of Freedom. (Boulder: Westview Press).

Kane, R. (2002) Free Will (Oxford: Blackwell).

Mele, A. R. (1997) The Philosophy of Action (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

O'Connor, T. (1995) Agents, Causes, and Events: Essays on Indeterminism and Free Will. (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

Watson, G. (1982) Free Will (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

Watson, G. (2003) Free Will, 2nd. ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

White, A.R. (1968) The Philosophy of Action (Oxford: Oxford University Press).


Guttenplan, S. (1996) A Companion to the Philosophy of Mind (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell).

Kane, R. (2011) The Oxford Handbook of Free Will. 2nd ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

McLaughlin, B., Beckerman, A., and Walter, S. (2009) The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Mind (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

O'Connor, T. and Sandis, C. (2010) A Companion to the Philosophy of Action (Oxford:Wiley-Blackwell).

Stich, S. and Warfield, T. (2003) The Blackwell Guide to Philosophy of Mind (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell).

Edited Collections  

Bindra D. and Stewart J. (eds.) (1966), Motivation: Selected Readings (London: Penguin).  

Binkley, R., Bronaugh, R., and Marras, A. (eds.) (1971), Agent, Action, and Reason, (Oxford: Oxford University Press).  

Brand M. and Walton D. (eds.) (1975), Action Theory, (Dordrecht: D. Reidel Publishing Company). 

Bransen, J. and Cupyers, S. (eds.) (1998), Human Action, Deliberation, and Causation, (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers).  

Care, N. S. & Landesman, C. (eds.) (1968), Readings in the Theory of Action (Bloomington: Indiana University Press). 
de Gaynesford, M. (ed.) (2011), Agents and their Actions (Oxord: Wiley-Blackwell).

D'Oro, G. & C. Sandis (eds.) (2013), Reasons and Causes (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).

Heil. J. and Mele, A. R.  (eds.) (1993), Mental Causation (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

Hyman, J. and Steward, H. (eds.) (2004) Agency and Action, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

Holmstrom-Hintikka, G. and Tuomela, R. (eds.) (1997) Contemporary Action Theory, 2 vols. (New York: Springer).

Lehrer, K. (ed) (1966), Freedom and Determinism, (New York: Random House).

Lepore, E. and McLaughlin, B. P. (eds.) (1985), Actions and Events: Perspectives on the Philosophy of Donald Davidson (Oxford: Blackwell).   
Malle, B. F., Moses, L. J. and Baldwin, D.A. (eds.) (2001), Intentions and Intentionality: Foundations of Social Cognition (Cambridge MA: The MIT Press).

Pigden, C. (ed.) (2009), Hume on Motivation and Virtue (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan). 

Pink, T. and Stone, M. (eds.) (2004)The Will and Human Action from Antiquity to the Present Day (London: Routledge).

Sandis, C.(ed.) (2009), New Essays on the Explanation of Action (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).

Teichmann, R. (ed.) (2000), Logic, Cause & Action: Essays in Honour of Elizabeth Anscombe, Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement: 46, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

Vermazen, Bruce and Hintikka, Merrill (eds), (1985), Essays on Davidson: Actions and Events, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Monographs & Single-Author Collections 

Anscombe, G. E. M. (1957), Intention (Oxford: Blackwell). 
Audi, R.  (1993), Action, Intention, and Reason (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press).   Beck, R. C. (1978), Motivation: Theories and Principles, (New Jersey: Prentice Hall).   Bennett, J. (1995), The Act Itself, (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
Bishop, John, 1989, Natural Agency, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Blackburn, S.  (1998), Ruling Passions: A Theory of Practical Reasoning (Oxford: Clarendon Press). 
Bittner, R. (2001), Doing Things for Reasons (Oxford: Oxford University Press). 
Bolles, R. C. (1975), Theory of Motivation. (New York: Harper Row). 
Brand, M. (1984), Intending and Acting, (Cambridge MA: MIT Press).
Bratman, M. E.  (1987), Intention, Plans, and Practical Reason, (Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press).
––––––––– (1999), Faces of Intention (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
––––––––– (2007), Structures of Agency (Oxford: Oxford University Press).   
Brody, N. (1983), Human Motivation Commentary on Goal-Directed Action, (New York: Academic Press).  
Brown, D. G. (1968), Action (London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd). 
Brown, J. S. (1961), The Motivation of Behavior (New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc.).  
Carlson, N. R. (1986), Physiology of Behavior (Boston: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.).  
Caruso, G. (2012), Free Will and Consciousness: A Determinist Account of the Illusion of Free Will (Lanham, MD: Lexington).
Chan, D. K. (2016), Action Reconceptualized: Human Agency and Its Sources (Rowman & Littlefield).
Clarke, R. (2014), Omissions: Agency, Metaphysics, and Responsibility (Oxford University Press).
Castañeda, H-N (1975),Thinking and Doing (Dordrecht: D. Reidel).
Cziko, G. (2000), The Things We Do: Using the Lessons of Bernard and Darwin to Understand the What, How, and Why of our Behavior
, (Cambridge MA: MIT Press).
Dancy, J. (1993), Moral Reasons (Oxford: Blackwell).
––––––––– (2000), Practical Reality (Oxford: Oxford University Press).  
Davidson, D. 1980, Essays on Actions and Events (Oxford: Oxford University Press). 
––––––––– (2004), Poblems of Rationality (Oxford: Oxford University Press). 
Donagan, A. (1987), Choice (London: Routledge).
––––––––– (1994), The Philosophical Papers Volume II - Action, Reason, and Value (Chicago: University of Chicago Press). 
Dretske, F. (1988). Explaining Behavior: Reasons in a World of Causes. Cambridge MA: MIT Press. 
Enç, B. (2003), How We Act - Causes, Reasons, and Intentions (Oxford: Oxford University Press). 
Fischer, J.M. (2006), My Way: Essays on Moral Responsibility (Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Fischer,J.M., Kane,R., Pereboom,D.,& Vargas, M (2007), Four Views on Free Will (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Frankfurt, H.(1988), The Importance of What We Care About (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
––––––––– (1999), Volition, Necessity, and Love (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
Gardiner,P.(1952), The Nature of Historical Explanation.
Geach, P. (1957), Mental Acts, (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul). 
Gilbert, M. (2000), Sociality and Responsibility: New Essays in Plural Subject Theory. (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield).
Ginet, C. (1990), On Action (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
Goldman, A.I.(1970), A Theory of Human Action (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall).
Hampshire, S. (1959) Thought and Action (Chatto and Windus).
Harré, R. and Secord, P.F. (1972), The Explanation of Social Behaviour (Oxford: Blackwell).
Hornsby, J. (1980), Actions, (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul).
––––––-–– (1997), Simple Mindedness: In Defense of Naive Naturalism in the Philosophy of Mind (Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press).
Hull, C. L. (1943), Principles of Behavior: An Introduction to Behavior Theory (New York: D. Appleton).
Hyman, J. (2015), Action, Knowledge, and Will (Oxford University Press).
Kane, R. (1996),The Significance of Free Will (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
Kenny, A (1963), Action, Emotion, and Will, (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul).
––––––––– (1975),Will, Freedom, and Power (Oxford: Blackwell). 
Korsgaard, C. M. (1996a) The Sources of Normativity (New York: Cambridge University Press).
––––––––– (1996b) Creating the Kingdom of Ends (New York: Cambridge University Press).
––––––––– (2008) The Constitution of Agency (Oxford University Press).
––––––––– (2009), Self-Constitution (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
Longino, H. (2013), Studying Human Behavior (University of Chicago Press).
Louch, A. R. (1966), Explanation and Human Action (Oxford: Blackwell).
Lowe, E.J. (1996) Subjects of Experience (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
--------- (2008) Personal Agency: The Metaphysics of Mind and Action. (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
Lucas, J. R. (1970), The Freedom of the Will (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
Mahajan, G. (1992), Explanation and Understanding in the Human Sciences (Delhi: Oxford University Press). Martin J., Sugarman S., and Thomson, J., (2003), Psychology and the Question of Agency (New York: SUNY Press)
Makowski, P. T. (2017), Tadeusz Kotarbinski's Action Theory (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan)
Malle, B. (2004), How the Mind Explains Behavior (Boston MA: MIT Press)
Maslow, A. H. (1954), Motivation and Personality (New York: Harper & Row).
McCann, H. (1998), The Works of Agency Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press.
Melden, A. I. (1961) Free Action (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul).
Mele, A.R.(1992), The Springs of Action (New York: Oxford University Press).
–––––––––  2001, Autonomous Agents, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
––––––––– 2009. Effective Intentions. The Power of Conscious Will. (New York: Oxford University Press).
Mook, D. G. (1986), Motivation, (New York : W. W. Norton).
Markovits, J. (2014), Moral reason (New York: Oxford University Press).
O'Brien, L. (2007), Self-Knowing Agents (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
O'Connor, T. (2000), Persons and Causes (New York: Oxford University Press).
O'Shaughnessy, B. (1980), The Will(2 volumes), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Peters, R.S. (1958), The Concept of Motivation (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul).
Pietroski, P. (2000), Causing Actions (New York: Oxford University Press).
Pink, T (1996), The Psychology of Human Freedom (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
––––––––– (2004), Free Will: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
Raz, J. (1978), Practical Reason and Norms (London: Hutchinson).
––––––––– (1986), The Morality of Freedom (Oxford: Clarendon Press).
––––––––– (1999), Engaging Reason: On the Theory of Value and Action (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
Reid, T. (1788), Of Active Power in General.
Ruben, D-H ,(2003), Action and its Explanation (Oxford: Clarendon Press).
Rundle, B. (1997), Mind in Action, (Oxford: Clarendon Press).   Ryan, A. (1970), The Philosophy of the Social Sciences, (London: Macmillan).
Schueler, G. F. (1995), Desire: Its Role in Practical Reason and the Explanation of Action (Cambridge MA: The MIT Press).
Searle, J. R. (2001), Rationality in Action(Cambridge MA: The MIT Press).
Setiya, K. (2007) Reasons without Rationalism, Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Smith, M. (1994), The Moral Problem (Oxford: Blackwell).
Stout, R. (1996), Things that Happen Because They Should (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
Strawson, G. (1986), Freedom and Belief, (Oxford: Clarendon Press).
Strawson, P.F. (2008), Freedom and Resentment and Other Essays(Oxford: Clarendon Press).
Taylor, C. (1964), The Explanation of Behavior (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul).
Taylor, R. (1966), Action and Purpose(New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc.).
Tenenbaum, S. (2007). Appearances of the Good, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
Thalberg, I. (1977), Perception, Emotion and Action: A Component Approach, (Oxford: Blackwell).  
––––––-––(1972), Enigmas of Agency: Studies in the Philosophy of Human Action(London: George Allen & Unwin).
Thomson, J.J. (1977), Acts and Other Events, (Ithaca NY, Cornell University Press)
Toates, F. (1986), Motivational Systems (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
Tolman, E. C. (1932), Purposive Behavior in Animals and Men (Berkeley: University of
Tuomela, R. (1977), Human Action and its Explanation (Dordrecht, D. Reidel).
Velleman, J. David (1989), Practical Reflection (Princeton: Princeton University Press).
–––––––––  (2000), The Possibility of Practical Reason (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
von Wright, G.H. (1963), Norm and Action, (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul).
––––––––– (1971), Explanation and Understanding (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press).
Wallace, R. J. (2006) Normativity and the Will (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
Watson, G. (2004), Agency and Answerability: Selected Essays (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
Weiner, B. (1972), Theories of Motivation From Mechanism to Cognition (Chicago: Markham Publishing Company).
––––––––– (1992), Human Motivation: Metaphors, Theories and Research (California: Sage Publishers Inc).  
White, A. R. (1985), Grounds of Liability (Oxford: Clarendon Press Oxford).

Online Bibliographies

Oxford Bibliographies Online: action (ed. Adrian Haddock),free will (ed. Kevin Timpe) & moral responsibility (ed. Garrath Williams).

Elisabeth Pacherie's Action & Intention Bibliography