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‘Intelligible facts’: toward a constructivist account of action and responsibility

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‘Intelligible facts’ : toward a constructivist account of action and responsibility. / Williams, Garrath.

Politics and Metaphysics in Kant. ed. / Sorin Baiasu; Howard Williams; Sami Pihlström. Cardiff : Wales University Press, 2011. p. 196-214 (Kantian Studies).

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Williams, G 2011, ‘Intelligible facts’: toward a constructivist account of action and responsibility. in S Baiasu, H Williams & S Pihlström (eds), Politics and Metaphysics in Kant. Kantian Studies, Wales University Press, Cardiff, pp. 196-214.

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Williams, G. (2011). ‘Intelligible facts’: toward a constructivist account of action and responsibility. In S. Baiasu, H. Williams, & S. Pihlström (Eds.), Politics and Metaphysics in Kant (pp. 196-214). (Kantian Studies). Cardiff: Wales University Press.

Vancouver

Williams G. ‘Intelligible facts’: toward a constructivist account of action and responsibility. In Baiasu S, Williams H, Pihlström S, editors, Politics and Metaphysics in Kant. Cardiff: Wales University Press. 2011. p. 196-214. (Kantian Studies).

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Williams, Garrath. / ‘Intelligible facts’ : toward a constructivist account of action and responsibility. Politics and Metaphysics in Kant. editor / Sorin Baiasu ; Howard Williams ; Sami Pihlström. Cardiff : Wales University Press, 2011. pp. 196-214 (Kantian Studies).

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