Reasons for Action and Desires*

Philippa Foot

in Virtues and Vices

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780199252862
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597435 | DOI:
Reasons for Action and Desires*

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This essay engages with Michael Woods’ paper of the same title arguing against the theory that all reasons for actions derive from wants or desires, relying on the case of moral reasons. It is suggested that an argument from prudential reasons is stronger.

Keywords: actions; desires; morality; Thomas Nagel; prudence; reasons; wants

Chapter.  3743 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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