Reasons for Action

Jonathan Dancy

in Practical Reality

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780199253050
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597282 | DOI:
Reasons for Action

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Introduces various distinctions: between the reasons why we should act (normative reasons), those for which we act (motivating reasons), and (more generally) the reasons why we act. It also distinguishes between Humeanism and anti‐Humeanism in the theory of motivation, psychologism, and anti‐psychologism in the theory of motivation, internalism, and externalism (Williams‐style) and desire‐based and value‐based theories of normative reasons.

Keywords: externalism; Humeanism; internalism; motivating reasons; normative reasons; psychologism

Chapter.  11185 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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