The Pitfalls of ‘Reasons’

Philosophical Issues 25 (1):123-143 (2015)
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Abstract

Many philosophers working on the branches of philosophy that deal with the normative questions have adopted a " Reasons First" program. This paper criticizes the foundational assumptions of this program. In fact, there are many different concepts that can be expressed by the term 'reason' in English, none of which are any more fundamental than any others. Indeed, most of these concepts are not particularly fundamental in any interesting sense

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Ralph Wedgwood
University of Southern California

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