Chapter

Reasons

J. R. LUCAS

in Responsibility

Published in print May 1995 | ISBN: 9780198235781
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679117 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198235781.003.0005
Reasons

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This chapter delineates the general structure of the reasoning in the answers that may be given to the question of why one did something. It is dialectical, often leaving room for further argument, though cogent if no further objection is raised. Reasons are shareable and interpenetrable, and there is a continuous spectrum between those that are primarily first-personal, simply explaining why the agent acted as he did, and those that are omni-personal, claiming the allegiance of every rational agent.

Keywords: reasoning; responsibility; first-personal; omni-personal

Chapter.  7257 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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