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Weighing Reasons

Errol Lord and Barry Maguire


There are often conflicting considerations bearing on what one ought to do or believe. This conflict is often resolved by appealing to facts about the relative weights of these competing considerations. Anyone who might once have looked for exceptionless principles relating options with oughts should look instead for an account of normative reasons and their weight. This volume aims to provide the beginnings of a theory of weight. The fourteen chapters fall into three groups. One group of chapters addresses questions about the nature of weight. Topics include the relations between normative re ... More

Keywords: reasons, weight, weighing, cost, benefit, conditions, defeat, ought, transmission, holism

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199315192
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199315192.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Errol Lord, editor
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania

Barry Maguire, editor
Research Assistant Professor in Philosophy, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Section One Introduction

Section Two Machinery in the Theory of Weight

5 Commitment: Worth the Weight

Alida Liberman and Mark Schroeder

Section Three Analytic Issues in the Theory of Weight

Section Four Applications of the Theory of Weight

14 The Implementation Problem for Deontology

Frank Jackson and Michael Smith

End Matter