Introduction: The Debate

Alan H. Goldman

in Reasons from Within

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780199576906
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722288 | DOI:
Introduction: The Debate

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This chapter describes the nature of deliberation, and defines the debate between internalists and externalists about reasons. Internalists hold that all reasons derive from existing motivations. Externalists believe that objective values provide reasons for acting. Internalism will be defended on the grounds that it is simpler, more intelligible, and more unified in its accounts of both theoretical and practical reasons. Topics to be addressed in later chapters are outlined here.

Keywords: nature of deliberation; internalists; externalists; existing motivations; objective values

Chapter.  12207 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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