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Maria Alvarez

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Research interests

Philosophy of action, including the metaphysics and explanation of actions
The nature of agency
Reasons, practical reasons and normativity.
The problem of free will and moral responsibility
Historical perspectives on these problems

Research interests (short)

Philosophy of action, including the metaphysics and explanation of actions.
The nature of agency.
Reasons, practical reasons and normativity.
The problem of free will and moral responsibility.
Historical perspectives on these problems.

Research interests

Dr Alvarez's main interests lie in the philosophy of action, including the nature of agency, the metaphysics and explanation of actions, free will and moral responsibility, etc. She is also interested in reasons generally and more specifically in practical reasoning, the normativity of practical reasons, and related issues. Her work in these areas connects with the views of philosophers such as Aristotle, Aquinas, Thomas Reid and Elizabeth Anscombe. She has published widely on these topics and her book Kinds of Reasons was published by Oxford University Press in March 2010. She’s currently working on the connection between agency, choice and moral responsibility. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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