Practical conflicts pervade human life because different desires, goals, and commitments may conflict with each other. How can practical reasoning help to resolve these practical conflicts? A distinguished group of philosophers analyzes the diverse forms of practical conflict in this collection of new essays. Their aim is to identify the sources of these conflicts, investigate the challenge they pose to a conception of practical reasoning, and assess the degree to which that challenge can be met.
1. Introduction: varieties of practical conflict and the scope of practical reason Monika Betzler and Peter Baumann; 2. Willing the law J. David Velleman; 3. The myth of egoism Christine M. Korsgaard; 4. Thinking about conflicts of desire Henry S. Richardson; 5. Putting together morality and well-being Ruth Chang; 6. The second worst in practical conflict Isaac Levi; 7. Personal practical conflicts Joseph Raz; 8. Sources of practical conflicts and reasons for regret Monika Betzler; 9. Conflicting values and conflicting virtues Nicholas White; 10. Involvement and detachment: A paradox of practical reason Peter Baumann; 11. Outcomes of internal conflicts in the sphere of akrasia and self-control Alfred R. Mele; 12. Are there insolvable moral conflicts? Peter Schaber; 13. Moral dilemmas of transitional justice Jon Elster; 14. Do conflicts make us free? Barbara Guckes.