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A Metaphysics for Freedom
Are animals agents? This question demands a prior answer to the question what an agent is. The paper argues that we ought not to think of this as merely a matter of choosing from a range of alternative definitional stipulations. Evidence from developmental psychology is offered in support of the view that a basic concept of agency is a very early natural acquisition, which is established prior to the development of any full-blown propositional attitude concepts. Then it is argued that whateverdoi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199552054.003.0004 fatcat:dlshczghgvhu5gb5txbnuzroaq