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Reasons from Within: Desires and Values

Alan H. Goldman

Abstract

Do the reasons we have for acting as we do derive from our concerns and desires, or are there objective values in the world that we are rationally required to pursue and protect? This book argues for the internalist or subjectivist view of practical reasons on the grounds that it is simpler, more unified, and more comprehensible than the rival objectivist position. It provides a naturalistic account of practical rationality in terms of coherence within sets of desires, and between motivations, intentions, and actions. Coherence is defined as the avoidance of self-defeat; the defeat of one's ow ... More

Keywords: reasons, rationality, internalism, objective values, desires, coherence, naturalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199576906
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576906.001.0001

Authors

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Alan H. Goldman, author
College of William and Mary, Virginia
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