The Sources of Practical Reasons

Robert Audi

in The Architecture of Reason

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195158427
Published online January 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199871407 | DOI:
 The Sources of Practical Reasons

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This chapter considers whether practical reason is substantive or only instrumental. It examines egoism, in a normative form, as well as hedonism, for which pleasure and pain are the fundamental sources of practical reasons. The chapter also considers what metaphysical commitments a theory of practical rationality must make if it embraces some apparently irreducible normative notion, such as that of intrinsic value.

Keywords: instrumentalism; egoism; hedonism; metaphysics; theory of rationality; desire

Chapter.  12802 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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