Reasons, impossibility and efficient steps: reply to Heuer

Philosophical Studies 151 (1):79 - 86 (2010)
Abstract
Ulrike Heuer argues that there can be a reason for a person to perform an action that this person cannot perform, as long as this person can take efficient steps towards performing this action. In this reply, I first argue that Heuer's examples fail to undermine my claim that there cannot be a reason for a person to perform an action if it is impossible that this person will perform this action. I then argue that, on a plausible interpretation of what 'efficient steps' are, Heuer's claim is consistent with my claim. I end by showing that Heuer fails to undermine the arguments I gave for my claim
Keywords Reasons for action  Impossibility
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    Ulrike Heuer (2010). Reasons and Impossibility. Philosophical Studies 147 (2):235 - 246.
    Bart Streumer (2003). Does 'Ought' Conversationally Implicate 'Can'? European Journal of Philosophy 11 (2):219–228.
    Bart Streumer (2007). Reasons and Impossibility. Philosophical Studies 136 (3):351-384.

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    Kimberley Brownlee (2010). Reasons and Ideals. Philosophical Studies 151 (3):433-444.
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