Checking the Neighborhood: A Reply to DiPaolo & Behrends on Promotion

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Nathaniel Sharadin
The College of New Jersey
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In previous work I argued that purely probabilistic accounts of what it takes to promote a desire are mistaken. This is because, I argued, there are desires that it is possible to promote but impossible to probabilistically promote. In a recent article critical of my account, Joshua DiPaolo and Jeffrey Behrends articulate a methodological principle -- Check the Neighborhood -- and claim that respecting this principle rescues pure probabilism from my argument. In this reply, I accept the methodological principle and show that, despite rendering the original argument invalid, there remains a neighboring argument against purely probabilistic accounts of promotion.
Keywords promotionalism  reasons  probabilism  desire
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DOI 10.26556/jesp.v10i1.181
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