Postscript to the Second Edition: Rethinking exclusionary reasons

Joseph Raz

in Practical Reason and Norms

Published in print September 1999 | ISBN: 9780198268345
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683503 | DOI:
Postscript to the Second Edition: Rethinking exclusionary reasons

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This chapter reassesses the credentials of the book's central new idea concerning practical reason. That idea is of the importance of exclusionary reasons for the understanding of some rules and related normative concepts. The chapter first discusses the notion of an exclusionary reason and then argues that not only do many people believe that there are exclusionary reasons, but they are sometimes right to think so because some exclusionary reasons exist. It then turns to the connection between exclusionary reasons and rules, promises, decisions, authoritative directives, and others. Generally, people conform to a reason for a certain act if they perform that act in the circumstance in which that reason is a reason for its performance. Obviously, people who conform to a reason do not act against it. Other things being equal, they are not irrational. Other things need not be equal. Their reasons for action may have been misguided or irrational.

Keywords: rules; normative concepts; exclusionary reasons; performance; action; practical reason; promises; decisions; authoritative directives

Chapter.  10200 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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