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Reasonable Responses

Anthony Simon Laden

in Reasoning

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199606191
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741081 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606191.003.0009
Reasonable Responses

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Building on the arguments about the need to maintain integrity in order to reason from Chapter 7, this chapter develops a variety of bases for reasonably responding to the invitations that others offer us as we reason. Integrity allows someone to bring considerations that stem from certain relationships to bear on reasoning within other relationships. This strategy is further worked out through a discussion of different approaches to the evaluation of reasons, one that derives from Hobbes and one from Hegel. The need to maintain integrity also generates grounds for responses that point to threats to one’s integrity. Finally, since direct harm to the self and the arbitrary frustration of its ends can threaten integrity, there are grounds for rejecting proposals that would interfere with the pursuit of one’s ends.

Keywords: Hegel; Hobbes; evaluative standpoint; plural subject; integrity; ends; reconciliation

Chapter.  10735 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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