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Alan H. Goldman

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199576906

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576906.001.0001

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Introduction: The Debate

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(p.1) 1 Introduction: The Debate
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Reasons from Within
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Alan H. Goldman (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576906.003.0001

This chapter describes the nature of deliberation, and defines the debate between internalists and externalists about reasons. Internalists hold that all reasons derive from existing motivations. Externalists believe that objective values provide reasons for acting. Internalism will be defended on the grounds that it is simpler, more intelligible, and more unified in its accounts of both theoretical and practical reasons. Topics to be addressed in later chapters are outlined here.

Keywords:   nature of deliberation, internalists, externalists, existing motivations, objective values

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