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Slaves of the Passions

Mark Schroeder


Long claimed to be the ‘dominant conception of practical reason’, the Humean theory that reasons for action are instrumental, or explained by desires, is the basis for a range of worries about the objective prescriptivity of morality. As a result, it has come under intense attack over the last quarter century. A wide variety of arguments have been advanced which purport to show that it is false, or surprisingly, even that it is incoherent. This book explores the viability of this central Humean thesis about reasons in the face of this critical onslaught. Its thesis is that the purportedly gene ... More

Keywords: morality, reasons, practical reason, objectivity, Humean Theory of Reasons, reduction, explanation, agent-neutrality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199299508
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299508.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Schroeder, author
University of Southern California
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