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Engaging ReasonOn the Theory of Value and Action$
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Joseph Raz

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199248001

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199248001.001.0001

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The Amoralist

The Amoralist

(p.273) 12 The Amoralist
Engaging Reason

Joseph Raz (Contributor Webpage)

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The question of what an agent has reason to act on is approached via the question of what it is that an agent values. The distinction between acting for moral versus non‐moral reasons is argued to be obscure and not overly helpful. What we should attempt to demonstrate is the relations between the reasons that agents standardly act on. By taking this approach, we find that we no longer feel the need to advance a defence of moral reasons as categorical reasons for action.

Keywords:   action, amoralism, morality, practical reason, value

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