Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Manufacturing Reasons
by Fyfe, Alonzo, M.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, 2020, 96; 28021992
Abstract (Summary)

The Humean Theory of Reasons holds that if there is a reason for an agent to do something, then that agent must have a desire served by doing it. This ignores a distinction between “Agent has an X” and “There is an X”. Statements of the second type leave the question of whose X it is open. “There is a reason for an agent to do X” implies that there is a desire that will be served by the agent doing X, but leaves open the possibility that the relevant desire belong to somebody else. A moral reason to do something does not depend on an agent having a desire served by doing it. It depends on others having reasons to give the agent a reason to do it. The desires served by manufacturing a reason are those of the people who do the manufacturing.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fileva, Iskra
Commitee: Heathwood, Chris, Norcross, Alastair
School: University of Colorado at Boulder
Department: Philosophy
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: MAI 82/3(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Ethics, Philosophy
Keywords: Central Problem of Morality, Desirism, Hume, Humean Theory of Reasons, Internal reasons, Reasons for action
Publication Number: 28021992
ISBN: 9798672126975
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