Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 05 March 2021

Abstract and Keywords

This article examines how ideas influence actions. It explains that writers of the past have asserted that ideas affect actions and provides epigraphs that provide more than eloquent testimony for that assertion. Sophocles suggested that ideas can override interest and change how a person acts, Julius Caesar believed that ideas can justify interests and can reinforce a person's preferences for action, and Robert Musil said that ideas can shape a person's understanding of his or her interests and can therefore create a new set of preferred actions.

Keywords: ideas, actions, epigraphs, Sophocles, Julius Caesar, person's preferences, Robert Musil, preferred actions

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.