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The Possibility of Practical Reason

By (author) J. David Velleman
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Published: 19th Oct 2000
Dimensions: w 156mm h 234mm d 25mm
Weight: 597g
ISBN-10: 0198238258
ISBN-13: 9780198238256
Barcode No: 9780198238256
The "Possibility of Practical Reason" explores the foundational questions of moral psychology: How can any of our behaviour qualify as acting for a reason? How can any considerations qualify as reasons for us to act? David Velleman argues that both possibilities depend on there being a constitutive aim of action - something that makes for success in action as such, in the same way that truth makes for success in belief. Considerations qualify as reasons for acting by virtue of their relevance to the constitutive aim; and our behavior qualifies as acting for a reason when it responds to such considerations in pursuit of the aim. The eleven papers that make up this book (two of them previously unpublished) discuss such topics as the relation between value and practical reasoning, the foundations of decision theory, freedom of the will, shared intention, and the motivational role of the imagination.

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