Reasons for Action

Reasons for Action

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Reasons for Action

What are our reasons for acting? Morality purports to give us these reasons, and so do norms of prudence and the laws of society. The theory of practical reason assesses the authority of these potentially competing claims, and for this reason philosophers with a wide range of interests have converged on the topic of reasons for action. This volume contains eleven new essays on practical reason by leading and emerging philosophers. Topics include the differences between practical and theoretical rationality, practical conditionals and the wide-scope ought, the explanation of action, the sources of reasons, and the relationship between morality and reasons for action. The volume will be essential reading for all philosophers interested in ethics and practical reason.

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)

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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