From Normativity to Responsibility

Paperback | December 4, 2013

byJoseph Raz

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What are our duties or rights? How should we act? What are we responsible for? How do we determine the answers to these questions? Joseph Raz examines and explains the philosophical issues underlying these everyday quandaries. He explores the nature of normativity - namely, the fact that webelieve and feel we should behave in certain ways, the reasoning behind certain beliefs and emotions, and various basic features of making decisions about what to do. He goes on to consider when we are responsible for our actions and omissions, and offers a novel account of responsibility. We can think of responsibility for unjustified actions or attitudes as a precondition of the blameworthiness of a person for an attitude or an action, or perhaps for a whole set of actions, intentions, or beliefs. Responsibility for justified actions or attitudes may be a precondition ofpraiseworthiness. Either way responsibility may point to further consequences of being justified or unjustified, rational or not. But crucially, responsibility attaches to people in a more holistic way. Some people are responsible for their actions, while others are not. In this way, Raz argues thatthe end is in the beginning, in understanding how people are subject to normativity, namely how it is that there are reasons addressed to them, and what is the meaning of that for our being in the world.

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What are our duties or rights? How should we act? What are we responsible for? How do we determine the answers to these questions? Joseph Raz examines and explains the philosophical issues underlying these everyday quandaries. He explores the nature of normativity - namely, the fact that webelieve and feel we should behave in certain ...

Joseph Raz has been teaching at Oxford University since 1972. He has been Professor of the Philosophy of Law there since 1985, and Research Professor since 2006; he has also been Professor at Columbia University since 2002. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:290 pagesPublished:December 4, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199687617

ISBN - 13:9780199687619

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Table of Contents

1. The HopePart One: Regarding Normativity2. Practical Reasons: Explanatory and Normative3. Reasons: Practical and Adaptive4. The Guise of the Good5. Reason, Rationality and NormativityPart Two: Regarding Practical Reasoning6. Epistemic Modulations7. Practical Reasoning8. The Myth of Instrumental Rationality9. Reasons in Conflict10. Numbers: With and Without Contractualism11. Promoting Value?Part Three: On Responsibility12. Being in the World13. Responsibility and the Negligence Standard

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