Thinking About Reasons: Themes from the Philosophy of Jonathan Dancy

Hardcover | July 24, 2013

EditorDavid Bakhurst, Margaret Olivia Little, Brad Hooker

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Thinking about Reasons is a collection of fourteen new essays on topics in ethics and the philosophy of action, inspired in one way or another by the work of Jonathan Dancy - one of his generation's most influential moral philosophers. Many of the most influential living thinkers in the areaare contributors to this collection, which also contains an autobiographical afterword by Dancy himself. Topics discussed in this volume include: * the idea that the facts that explain action are non-psychological ones* buck passing theories of goodness and rightness* the idea that some moral reasons justify action without requiring it* the particularist idea that there are no true informative moral principles* the idea that egoism and impartial consequentialism are self-defeating* the idea that moral reasons are dependent on either impersonal value, or benefits to oneself, or benefits to those with whom one has some special connection, but not on deontological constraints* the idea that we must distinguish between reasons and enablers, disablers, intensifiers, and attenuators of reasons* the idea that, although the lived ethical life is shaped by standing commitments, uncodifable judgement is at least sometimes needed to resolve what to do when these commitments conflict* the idea that the value of a whole need not be a mathematical function of the values of the parts of that whole* the idea that practical reasoning is based on inference* the idea that there cannot be irreducibly normative properties.

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Thinking about Reasons is a collection of fourteen new essays on topics in ethics and the philosophy of action, inspired in one way or another by the work of Jonathan Dancy - one of his generation's most influential moral philosophers. Many of the most influential living thinkers in the areaare contributors to this collection, which al...

Over the last 40 years, Jonathan Dancy has become one of his generation's most influential moral philosophers. He has authored five books and edited or co-edited five others. His work has shaped developments in metaethics, normative ethics, and the philosophy of action. In this volume, an internationally-renowned cast of contributors g...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:July 24, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Brad Hooker: Introduction1. John McDowell: Acting in the Light of a Fact2. Constantine Sandis: Can Action Explanations Ever Be Non-Factive?3. Michael Smith: The Ideal of Orthonomous Action, or the How and Why of Buck-Passing4. Philip Stratton-Lake: Dancy on Buck Passing5. Roger Crisp: Are Egoism and Consequentialism Self-Refuting?6. Margaret Olivia Little: In Defence of Non-deontic Reasons7. R. Jay Wallace: The Deontic Structure of Morality8. Stephen Darwall: Morality and Principle9. David Bakhurst: Moral Particularism: Ethical Not Metaphysical?10. A. W. Price: A Quietist Particularism11. David McNaughton and Piers Rawling: Contours of the Practical Landscape12. Sean MCKeever and Michael Ridge: Why Holists Should Love Organic Unities13. John Broome: Practical Reasoning and Inference14. Bart Streumer: Are There Really No Irreducibly Normative Properties?Index