In Defence of Proportionalism

European Journal of Philosophy 22 (2):313-320 (2014)
Authors
Daan Evers
University of Groningen
Abstract
In his book Slaves of the Passions, Mark Schroeder defends a Humean theory of reasons. Humeanism is the view that you have a reason to X only if X‐ing promotes at least one of your desires. But Schroeder rejects a natural companion theory of the weight of reasons, which he calls proportionalism. According to it, the weight of a reason is proportionate to the strength of the desire that grounds it and the extent to which the act promotes the object of that desire. In this paper, I aim to do three things: to show why Schroeder's arguments against proportionalism do not refute it; to identify the real trouble with proportionalism; and to suggest a better way of understanding it. According to this theory, the overall strength of reasons is determined by the agent's preferences.
Keywords Humeanism  reasons  weight of reasons  preferences  Mark Schroeder  hypotheticalism
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2014
DOI 10.1111/ejop.2014.22.issue-2
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Slaves of the Passions.Mark Schroeder - 2007 - Oxford University Press.
Humean Agent-Neutral Reasons?Daan Evers - 2009 - Philosophical Explorations 12 (1):55 – 67.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No Right to Unilaterally Claim Your Territory: On the Consistency of Kantian Statism.Jakob Huber - 2017 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 20 (6):677-696.
Introduction.Mira Bachvarova - 2018 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 21 (6):767-769.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Why I’M Still a Proportionalist.Travis N. Rieder - 2016 - Philosophical Studies 173 (1):251-270.
Humean Agent-Neutral Reasons?Daan Evers - 2009 - Philosophical Explorations 12 (1):55 – 67.
Prudence, Morality, and the Humean Theory of Reasons.Eden Lin - 2015 - Philosophical Quarterly 65 (259):220-240.
Where Have All the Proportionalists Gone?Aline H. Kalbian - 2002 - Journal of Religious Ethics 30 (1):3 - 22.
Slaves of the Passions.Mark Schroeder - 2007 - Oxford University Press.
Proportionalism: One View of the Debate.Edward V. Vacek - 2000 - In Christopher Robert Kaczor (ed.), Proportionalism: For and Against. Marquette University Press.
Slaves of the Passions.Mark Schroeder - 2009 - Analysis 69 (3):574-576.
The Impracticality of Proportionalism.Bartholomew M. Kiely - 2000 - In Christopher Robert Kaczor (ed.), Proportionalism: For and Against. Marquette University Press.
Proportionalism and the Pill.Christopher Kaczor - 2000 - In Christopher Robert Kaczor (ed.), Proportionalism: For and Against. Marquette University Press.
Still Waiting for a Plausible Humean Theory of Reasons.Nicholas Shackel - 2014 - Philosophical Studies 167 (3):607-633.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2011-07-26

Total downloads
347 ( #11,805 of 2,294,061 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
9 ( #55,201 of 2,294,061 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature