Slaves of the Passions by Mark Schroeder

Slaves of the Passions

byMark Schroeder

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Long claimed to be the dominant conception of practical reason, the Humean theory that reasons for action are instrumental, or explained by desires, is the basis for a range of worries about the objective prescriptivity of morality. As a result, it has come under intense attack in recentdecades. A wide variety of arguments have been advanced which purport to show that it is false, or surprisingly, even that it is incoherent. Slaves of the Passions aims to set the record straight, by advancing a version of the Humean theory of reasons which withstands this sophisticated array ofobjections. Mark Schroeder defends a radical new view which, if correct, means that the commitments of the Humean theory have been widely misunderstood. Along the way, he raises and addresses questions about the fundamental structure of reasons, the nature of normative explanations, the aims of and challengesfacing reductive views in metaethics, the weight of reasons, the nature of desire, moral epistemology, and most importantly, the relationship between agent-relational and agent-neutral reasons for action.

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Mark Schroeder is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California.
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Title:Slaves of the PassionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:January 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Reasons and the Humean Theory2. Background Conditions3. Incoherence and Chauvinism4. Reduction of the Normative5. Too Many Reasons6. Too Few Reasons7. Weighting for Reasons8. Desire9. Motivation, Knowledge, and Virtue10. Instrumentalism11. Why Be Humean?