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Contrastive Reasons

Justin Snedegar


This book develops and defends contrastivism about reasons. This is the view that normative reasons are fundamentally reasons for or against actions or attitudes only relative to sets of alternatives. Simply put, reasons are always reasons to do one thing rather than another, instead of simply being reasons to do something, full stop. Work on reasons has become central to several areas of philosophy, but, besides a couple of exceptions, this view has not been discussed. This book makes the case that this is a mistake. The book develops three kinds of arguments for contrastivism. First, contras ... More

Keywords: reasons, contrastivism, rationality, practical reasoning, promotion, favoring

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198785934
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198785934.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Justin Snedegar, author
University of St Andrews

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