Buck-passing and the right kind of reasons

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Buck-passing and the right kind of reasons. / Rabinowicz, Wlodek; Rønnow-Rasmussen, Toni.

In: Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 56, No. 222, 2006, p. 114-120.

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T1 - Buck-passing and the right kind of reasons

AU - Rabinowicz, Wlodek

AU - Rønnow-Rasmussen, Toni

PY - 2006

Y1 - 2006

N2 - The 'buck-passing' account equates the value of an object with the existence of reasons to favour it. As we argued in an earlier paper, this analysis faces the 'wrong kind of reasons' problem: there may be reasons for pro-attitudes towards worthless objects, in particular if it is the pro-attitudes, rather than their objects, that are valuable. Jonas Olson has recently suggested how to resolve this difficulty: a reason to favour an object is of the light kind only if its formulation does not involve any reference to the attitudes for which it provides a reason. We argue that despite its merits, Olson's solution is unsatisfactory. We go on to suggest that the buck-passing account might be acceptable even if the problem in question turns out to be insoluble.

AB - The 'buck-passing' account equates the value of an object with the existence of reasons to favour it. As we argued in an earlier paper, this analysis faces the 'wrong kind of reasons' problem: there may be reasons for pro-attitudes towards worthless objects, in particular if it is the pro-attitudes, rather than their objects, that are valuable. Jonas Olson has recently suggested how to resolve this difficulty: a reason to favour an object is of the light kind only if its formulation does not involve any reference to the attitudes for which it provides a reason. We argue that despite its merits, Olson's solution is unsatisfactory. We go on to suggest that the buck-passing account might be acceptable even if the problem in question turns out to be insoluble.

U2 - 10.1111/j.1467-9213.2005.00432.x

DO - 10.1111/j.1467-9213.2005.00432.x

M3 - Article

VL - 56

SP - 114

EP - 120

JO - Philosophical Quarterly

JF - Philosophical Quarterly

SN - 0031-8094

IS - 222

ER -