In Defense of the Wrong Kind of Reason

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Christopher Howard
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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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
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DOI 10.1002/tht3.193
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