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Practical Reality

Jonathan Dancy


Practical Reality is about the relation between the reasons why we do things and the reasons why we should. It claims that, in order to understand this relation, we have to abandon current conceptions of the reasons why we act—our motivating reasons, as they are commonly called—as mental states of ourselves. Belief/desire explanations of action, or even purely cognitive accounts in terms of beliefs alone, drive too great a wedge between the normative and the motivational. Instead, we have to understand a motivating reason as the sort of thing that could be a good reason, for insta ... More

Keywords: action, agency, Jonathan Dancy, explanation of action, externalism, Humeanism, internalism, motivating reasons, motivation, normative realism, normative reasons, philosophy, philosophy of mind, rationality, reasons, reasons for action

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199253050
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199253056.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Dancy, author
University of Reading
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