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Explaining Normativity: Reason and the Will

Joseph Raz

in Engaging Reason

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780199248001
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598272 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199248001.003.0006
 Explaining Normativity: Reason and the Will

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The relation between reason and the will is explored in reference to the nature of reasons and of normativity. Must we hold beliefs for decisive reasons? Can we be unreflectively motivated by reasons? It is maintained that one need not necessarily be motivated by all the reasons that apply to an agent (i.e. to conform to reason does not entail knowing all the reasons that apply to you). Reasons are argued to be optional to the extent that the fact that there are reasons for a certain response make it an eligible response, but not one that is wrong not to adopt. The mediation of the will helps to explain how we are governed by our rationality.

Keywords: motivation; normativity; rationality; reason; the will

Chapter.  14323 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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