Philosophical Studies 165 (1):95-112 (2013)

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Jacob Stegenga
Cambridge University
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Reasons transmit. If one has a reason to attain an end, then one has a reason to effect means for that end: reasons are transmitted from end to means. I argue that the likelihood ratio (LR) is a compelling measure of reason transmission from ends to means. The LR measure is superior to other measures, can be used to construct a condition specifying precisely when reasons transmit, and satisfies intuitions regarding end-means reason transmission in a broad array of cases
Keywords Instrumental rationality  Reason transmission  Means-end reasoning  Likelihood ratio  Probability  Instrumental reason
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Instrumental Reasons.Niko Kolodny - forthcoming - In Daniel Star (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Reasons and Normativity. Oxford University Press.
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