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Explaining Normativity: On Rationality and the Justification of Reason

Joseph Raz

in Engaging Reason

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780199248001
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598272 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199248001.003.0005
 Explaining Normativity: On Rationality and the Justification of Reason

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Explaining normativity requires, amongst other things, an examination of the relationship between rationality and reasons and the connection between reasons and principles of reasoning. Essentially, explaining normativity will consist in demonstrating what it is to be a reason and solving related puzzles about reasons. The capability to reason, to justify our reasons for acting, whether we require substantive principles of reason, and the standing of formal reason is considered. The claim that normativity should be defended and justified amounts to a demand for the justification of reason.

Keywords: normativity; rationality; reason; reasons

Chapter.  11313 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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