Dual-reason analyses revisited

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Abstract in Undetermined
Classical fitting-attitude analyses understand value in terms of it being fitting, or more generally, there being a reason to favour the bearer of value. However, recently such analyses have been interpreted as referring to two reason notions rather than only one. The general idea is that the properties of the object provide reason not only for a certain kind of favouring(s) vis- à-vis the object, but the very same properties should also figure in the intentional content of the favouring; the agent should favour the object on account of those properties that provide reason for favouring the object in the first place—where “favouring on account of” refers to the agent’s so-called motivating reason. This paper discusses this novel approach to fitting-attitude (and buck-passing) analysis: should those considerations (facts or features) that constitute the reason for favouring also be included in the intentional content of the favouring. In other words, should fitting-attitude analysts require a reference to the agent’s motivating reason in the analysis? While this enlargement of the original proposal might seem intuitive given that favourings are discerning attitudes, it is nonetheless argued that proponents of the fitting-attitude analysis are in fact not served by such an expansion of the classical analysis
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2012
EventMini-symposium ‘Ethical Theory and Practical Ethics’ - Amsterdam, VU University, Faculty of Philosophy, Section for Practical Philosophy
Duration: 2012 Apr 27 → …


ConferenceMini-symposium ‘Ethical Theory and Practical Ethics’
Period2012/04/27 → …

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Philosophy

Free keywords

  • value analysis
  • fitting-attitude analysis
  • motivating reasons
  • normative reasons
  • intentionality
  • intentional content


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