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Reasons for Action

Reasons for Action

by David Sobel, Steven Wall


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521877466
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/31/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

David Sobel is Robert R. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and the Moral Sciences at the University of Nebraska.

Steven Wall is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Notes on the contributors page vii

Acknowledgments ix

1 Introduction David Sobel Steven Wall 1

2 Intention, belief, and instrumental rationality Michael E. Bratman 13

3 Reasons: practical and adaptive Joseph Raz 37

4 The explanatory role of being rational Michael Smith 58

5 Practical competence and fluent agency Peter Railton 81

6 Practical conditionals James Dreier 116

7 Authority and second-personal reasons for acting Stephen Darwall 134

8 Promises, reasons, and normative powers Gary Watson 155

9 Regret and irrational action Justin D'Arms Daniel Jacobson 179

10 Mackie's motivational argument Philip Clark 200

11 The truth in Ecumenical Expressivism Michael Ridge 219

12 Voluntarist reasons and the sources of normativity Ruth Chang 243

Bibliography 272

Index 285

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