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Agency, Reason, and the Good

Joseph Raz

in Engaging Reason

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780199248001
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598272 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199248001.003.0003
 Agency, Reason, and the Good

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The connection between action, reason, and value is explored by examining the connection between reasons and intentions, and between reasons and what we take to be good. This is done in comparison to the classical view, which maintains that valuable aspects of the world constitute reasons for agents. In attempting to explain common features of what it is for people to be rational agents, Raz examines whether there are reasons, which are neutral in values, the explanatory and justificatory role of reasons, the intelligibility of acting for reasons (both good and bad), and the ability to intentionally act in an expressive, yet unreasoned fashion.

Keywords: agency; rational agency; reasons; value

Chapter.  12245 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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