Belief, normativity and the constitution of agency

Philosophical Explorations 8 (1):39-52 (2005)
Abstract
In this paper I advance a constitutive argument for the authority of rational norms. Because accountability to reasons is constitutive of rational agency and rational norms are implicit in reasons for action and belief, the justification of rational norms is of a piece with the practice of reasoning. Peter Railton has objected that the constitutive view fails to defend the categorical authority of reason over agents. I respond to his objections, arguing that they presuppose a foundationalist conception of justification that demands a ground for reason's authority outside of the practice of reasoning
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1080/1386979042000328864
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: 30,248
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
The Possibility of Practical Reason.David Velleman - 2000 - Oxford University Press.
Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind.Wilfrid S. Sellars - 1956 - Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science 1:253-329.
On the Very Idea of a Conceptual Scheme.Donald Davidson - 1973 - Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 47:5-20.

View all 9 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Epistemic Instrumentalism and the Too Few Reasons Objection.Charles Côté-Bouchard - 2015 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 23 (3):337-355.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Why Be an Agent?Evan Tiffany - 2012 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 90 (2):223 - 233.
Justification and the Authority of Norms.Linda Radzik - 2000 - Journal of Value Inquiry 34 (4):451-461.
Constitutivism and the Inescapability of Agency.Luca Ferrero - 2009 - Oxford Studies in Metaethics 4:303-333.
Hypothetical and Categorical Epistemic Normativity.Chase Wrenn - 2004 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 42 (2):273-290.
Prudential Reason in Kant's Anthropology.Patrick Kain - 2003 - In Brian Jacobs & Patrick Kain (eds.), Essays on Kant's Anthropology. Cambridge University Press. pp. 230--265.
Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total downloads
60 ( #89,938 of 2,192,213 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #289,802 of 2,192,213 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature