Weighing Reasons by Errol LordWeighing Reasons by Errol Lord

Weighing Reasons

EditorErrol Lord, Barry Maguire

Hardcover | March 15, 2016

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In recent decades normative reasons - considerations that count in favor of one thing or another - have come to the theoretical fore in ethics and epistemology. A major attraction of normative reasons is that they have weight or strength. Reasons are particular considerations that count infavor of actions or attitudes to some degree. This feature is attractive to theorists who want to explain more complex normative phenomena in terms of a notion that is weighted. This volume aims to provide the beginnings for a theory of weight. The fourteen new essays fall into three groups. One set of essays addresses questions about the nature of weight. Topics include the relations between reasons and conditions and modifiers, between reasons and other weighted notionssuch as commitments, and different models of the interaction of reasons. A second set of essays addresses substantive questions: questions about weight relevant to value-first, desire-first, evidence-first and other normative research programs. A third set of essays applies issues in the theory ofweight to broader ethical debates. The book thus not only makes novel contributions to debates in ethics and epistemology about the nature of normative reasons and their weight, it also makes a strong case for the theoretical fruitfulness of the ideology of normative reasons.
Errol Lord is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. He works on ethical theory, epistemology, philosophy of action, and aesthetics. He has published papers in these areas in Oxford Studies in Metaethics, Philosophical Studies, The Philosophical Quarterly, and Australasian Journal of Philosophy, among o...
Title:Weighing ReasonsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:March 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

ContributorsIntroduction1. Errol Lord and Barry Maguire: An Opinionated Guide to the Weight of ReasonsSection One: Machinery in the Theory of Weight2. Ralf Bader: Conditions, Modifiers, and Holism3. Shyam Nair: How do reasons accrue?4. Daniel Fogal: Reasons, Reason, and Context5. Alida Liberman and Mark Schroeder: Commitment: Worth the WeightSection Two: Analytic Issues in the Theory of Weight6. Kate Manne: Democratizing Humeanism7. Joseph Raz: Value and the Weight of Practical Reasons8. Joshua Gert: The Distinction between Justifying and Requiring: Nothing to Fear9. Stephen Kearns: Bearing the Weight of ReasonsSection Three: Applications of the Theory of Weight10. John F. Horty: Reasoning with Precedents as Constrained Natural Reasoning11. Ruth Chang: Comparativism: The Grounds of Rational Choice12. Karl Schafer: The Modesty of the Moral Point of View13. Stephen Darwall: Making the "Hard" Problem of Moral Normativity Easier14. Michael Smith and Frank Jackson: The Implementation Problem for DeontologyIndex