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Being Realistic about Reasons

T. M. Scanlon


It is often claimed that irreducibly normative truths would have unacceptable metaphysical implications, and are incompatible with a scientific view of the world. The book argues, on the basis of a general account of the relevance of ontological questions, that this claim is mistaken. It is also a mistake to think that interpreting normative judgments as beliefs would make it impossible to explain their connection with action. An agent’s acceptance of a normative judgment can explain that agent’s subsequent action because it is part of being a rational agent that such an agent’s beliefs about ... More

Keywords: reasons, rationality, normative, ontology, reflective equilibrium, epistemology, constructivism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199678488
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199678488.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

T. M. Scanlon, author
Alford Professor of Natural Religion, Moral Philosophy, and Civil Polity, Harvard University