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Weighing Reasons$
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Errol Lord and Barry Maguire

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199315192

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199315192.001.0001

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How Do Reasons Accrue?

How Do Reasons Accrue?

(p.56) 3 How Do Reasons Accrue?
Weighing Reasons

Shyam Nair

Oxford University Press

There are situations where people have multiple reasons to do a certain action, a, that are individually worse than a reason to do another incompatible act. But in some of these cases, the reasons to do a taken together (which can be called the accrual of the reasons to do a) make it so that you ought to do a. This chapter explores how the weight of individual reasons determines how strongly an accrual of reasons supports an act. It argues that a key to understanding how individual reasons determine how strongly an accrual supports an act is to distinguish sharply between derivative and non-derivative reasons.

Keywords:   accrual, derivative reasons, non-derivative reasons, confirmation theory

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