In Defense of the Wrong Kind of Reason

Abstract
Skepticism about the ‘wrong kind’ of reasons—the view that wrong-kind reasons are reasons to want and bring about certain attitudes, but not reasons for those attitudes—is more often assumed than argued for. Jonathan Way sets out to remedy this: he argues that skeptics about, but not defenders of, wrong-kind reasons can explain a distinctive pattern of transmission among such reasons and claims that this fact lends significant support to the skeptical view. I argue that Way's positive case for wrong-kind reason skepticism fails. I conclude with an account of what's needed to resolve the debate between wrong-kind reason skeptics and defenders.
Keywords right‐kind reasons  wrong‐kind reasons  transmission of reasons  final value
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1002/tht3.193
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 32,688
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
On What Matters: Two-Volume Set.Derek Parfit - 2011 - Oxford University Press.
The Domain of Reasons.John Skorupski - 2010 - Oxford University Press.

View all 18 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Equal Treatment for Belief.Susanna Rinard - forthcoming - Philosophical Studies:1-28.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Dissolving the Wrong Kind of Reason Problem.Richard Rowland - 2014 - Philosophical Studies (6):1-20.
The Wrong Kind of Reason.Pamela Hieronymi - 2005 - Journal of Philosophy 102 (9):437 - 457.
Buck-Passing and the Wrong Kind of Reasons.Jonas Olson - 2004 - Philosophical Quarterly 54 (215):295–300.
Buck-Passing and the Right Kind of Reasons.Wlodek Rabinowicz & Toni Rønnow-Rasmussen - 2006 - Philosophical Quarterly 56 (222):114–120.
Abandoning the Buck Passing Analysis of Final Value.Andrew Reisner - 2009 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 12 (4):379 - 395.
Added to PP index
2015-12-29

Total downloads
86 ( #69,813 of 2,237,282 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
18 ( #25,453 of 2,237,282 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature