Reasons, Motivations, and Obligations

Southern Journal of Philosophy 46 (3):451-468 (2008)
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I argue against Reasons Internalism, the view that possession of a normative reason for the performance of an action entails that one can be motivated to perform that action, and Motivational Existence Internalism, the view that if one is obligated to perform an action, then one can be motivated to perform that action. My thesis is that these positions cannot accommodate the fact that reasonable moral agents are frequently motivated to act only because they believe theircontemplated actions to be morally obligatory. The failure to accommodate this fact is reason to reject these two types of internalism about reasons
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