Might intentions be the only source of practical imperatives?

Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 9 (3):311 - 325 (2006)
I focus on the broadly instrumentalist view that all genuine practical imperatives are hypothetical imperatives and all genuine practical deliberation is deliberation from existing motivations. After indicating why I see instrumentalism as highly plausible, I argue that the most popular version of instrumentalism, according to which genuine practical imperatives can take desires as their starting point, is problematic. I then provide a limited defense of what I see as a more radical but also more compelling version of instrumentalism. According to the position I defend, genuine practical deliberation and genuine practical imperatives take as their starting point the agent's intentions and only the agent's intentions
Keywords action  deliberation  hypothetical imperatives  instrumentalism  intentions  practical reason
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DOI 10.2307/27504407
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