Reasons and Agent-neutrality

Philosophical Studies 135 (2):279-306 (2007)
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Abstract

This paper considers the connection between the three-place relation, R is a reason for X to do A and the two-place relation, R is a reason to do A. I consider three views on which the former is to be analyzed in terms of the latter. I argue that these views are widely held, and explain the role that they play in motivating interesting substantive ethical theories. But I reject them in favor of a more obvious analysis, which goes the other way around.

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Mark Schroeder
University of Southern California

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