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The Value of Living Well$
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Mark LeBar

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199931118

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931118.001.0001

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Fitting Judgment

Fitting Judgment

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The Value of Living Well

Mark LeBar

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues, first, that we should distinguish between first-personal and third-personal standards or criteria for success in practically rational action. Then, second, it argues that from the standpoint of first-personal, deliberative, practical agency, the relevant criterion for success is the fittingness of our response to the conditions in which we act. The fittingness relation is primitive; it cannot be explicated in terms any more fundamental. The chapter also shows the historical pedigree of the notion of judgments of fit, and considers the phenomenology of the experience of making such judgments as developed by Maurice Mandelbaum.

Keywords:   fittingness, judgment, Mandelbaum, reasons, practical reason

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