Philosophical Studies 147 (2):213 - 233 (2010)

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Jonathan Way
University of Southampton
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The Wide-Scope approach to instrumental reason holds that the requirement to intend the necessary means to your ends should be understood as a requirement to either intend the means, or else not intend the end. In this paper I explain and defend a neglected version of this approach. I argue that three serious objections to Wide-Scope accounts turn on a certain assumption about the nature of the reasons that ground the Wide-Scope requirement. The version of the Wide-Scope approach defended here allows us to reject this assumption, and so defuse the objections.
Keywords Instrumental reason  Wide-scope  Object-given and state-given reasons  Broome  Setiya  Kolodny  Reasons  Rationality
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