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Engaging Reason: On the Theory of Value and Action

Joseph Raz


The book offers a penetrating examination of a set of fundamental questions about human thought and action. In these essays, Joseph Raz examines the nature of normativity, reason, and the will; the justification of reason; and the objectivity of value. He argues for the centrality, but also demonstrates the limits of reason in action and belief. He suggests that our life is most truly our own when our various emotions, hopes, desires, intentions, and actions are guided by reason. He explores the universality of value and of principles of reason on one side and their dependence on social practi ... More

Keywords: action, agency, ethics, moral philosophy, morality, normativity, objectivity of value, Joseph Raz, reason, self‐interest, the will, universality, value

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199248001
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199248001.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Raz, author
University of Oxford, and Visiting Professor of Jurisprudence, Columbia University, New York
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