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Doing Things for Reasons—The Idea

Rüdiger Bittner

in Doing Things for Reasons

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780195143645
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833085 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195143647.003.0004
Doing Things for Reasons—The Idea

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The central idea of the book is this: a reason for which people do things is a state of affairs or event in the world, and the action is a response to that state of affairs or event. The present chapter introduces this idea by means of examples. It explains the term “response” and argues that it is historical knowledge that allows us to tell what some action is a response to. It argues, moreover, that this idea makes the best sense of how we ordinarily think and speak of reasons for which people do things.

Keywords: action; event; historical knowledge; reasons for action; response; state of affairs

Chapter.  8047 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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