Aligning with the Good

Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin
Sam Houston State University
IN “CONSTRUCTIVISM, AGENCY, AND THE PROBLEM of Alignment,” Michael Bratman considers how lessons from the philosophy of action bear on the question of how best to construe the agent’s standpoint in the context of a constructivist theory of practical reasons. His focus is “the problem of alignment”: “whether the pressures from the general constructivism will align with the pressures from the theory of agency” (Bratman 2012: 81). He thus brings two lively literatures into dialogue with each other. This is laudable. However, I shall argue that the considerations Bratman brings to bear from the literature on action do not support his conclusion that evaluative judgments are not constitutive of the agent’s standpoint in the context of constructivism.
Keywords Michael Bratman  Sharon Street  constructivism
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DOI 10.26556/jesp.v9i2.172
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Constructivism About Reasons.Sharon Street - 2008 - Oxford Studies in Metaethics 3:207-45.
Internal and External Reasons.Bernard Williams - 1979 - In Ross Harrison (ed.), Rational Action. Cambridge University Press. pp. 101-113.
Structures of Agency: Essays.Michael E. Bratman - 2007 - Oxford University Press.

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