The Unity and Diversity of Reasons

John Skorupski

in Spheres of Reason

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199572939
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722165 | DOI:

Series: Mind Association Occasional Series

The Unity and Diversity of Reasons

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Can we give a uniform account of reasons in the three spheres of action, belief, and sentiment? Are reasons in these three spheres genuinely distinct, or are they in some way reducible to less than three? What kind of knowledge do we have of reasons — and what is it that we know? Some basic problems in philosophy depend on our answers to these questions. This chapter shows that a conception of ourselves as rational self-determiners is fundamental to the way we think about reasons; that this conception has significant implications for their epistemology and ontology; and that these implications apply uniformly across three irreducible kinds of reasons governing belief, action, and feeling.

Keywords: action; belief; feeling; knowledge; rational self-determiners; reasons

Chapter.  13283 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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