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On reasons for action

Joseph Raz

in Practical Reason and Norms

Published in print September 1999 | ISBN: 9780198268345
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683503 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268345.003.0002
On reasons for action

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As well as reasons for actions, there are reasons for beliefs, for desires and emotions, for attitudes, for norms and institutions, and many others. Of these, reasons for action and for belief are the most fundamental types of reasons, the others being derived from or dependent on them. This chapter deals exclusively with reasons for action. That which is a reason has been variously identified with statements, beliefs, and facts. It seems that most of the difficulties in regarding reasons as relations between facts and persons turn on examination to be the same as the difficulties concerning probabilities or, at any rate, amenable to treatment in a similar way. It is the world which guides our action, but since it inevitably does so through our awareness of it, our beliefs are important for the explanation and assessment of our behaviour.

Keywords: reasons for action; beliefs; norms; facts; statements; persons; behaviour

Chapter.  15838 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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