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Title: Because There Is a Reason to Do It : How Normative Reasons Explain Action
Author(s): Mantel, Susanne
Title: Analytic Philosophy
Volume: 59
Issue: 2
Startpage: 208
Endpage: 233
Publisher/Platform: Wiley-Blackwell - SSH
Year of Publication: 2018
Publikation type: Journal Article
Abstract: When agents act for normative reasons, those reasons are relevant to what these agents do: normative reasons explain the actions which are performed for them. This, at least, is what intuition and ordinary language suggest. However, it is controversial how these explanations work. Normative reasons are usually facts about the world, not about the agent’s mind. The article argues that the three main accounts of world explanations of actions, namely, the reductive, the non-factive, and the causal account, all face serious problems. Furthermore, there is the knowledge account, but it might not meet important desiderata. Therefore, this article suggests a new dispositional account of how worldly normative reasons explain actions. This dispositional account is inspired by explanations in virtue epistemology.
DOI of the first publication: 10.1111/phib.12126
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Link to this record: hdl:20.500.11880/27502
ISSN: 1468-0149
Date of registration: 13-Jul-2019
Faculty: P - Philosophische Fakultät
Department: P - Philosophie
Professorship: P - Prof. Dr. Christoph Fehige + Prof. Dr. Ulla Wessels
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