Ideal agency and the possibility of error

Ethics 118 (2):315-323 (2008)
In “Practical Reason and the Possibility of Error," Douglas Lavin claims to have discovered a paradox deep in the heart of Christine Korsgaard’s neo-Kantian project. I argue that Lavin's criticism rests on a mistaken conception of ideal agency. In particular, he falsely assumes that since it is no accident that an ideal agent lives up to sound norms, it must have been impossible for her to deviate from them.
Keywords Error Constraint  Lavin  Korsgaard
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DOI 10.1086/523745
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