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Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics Volume 8$
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Mark C. Timmons

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198828310

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198828310.001.0001

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Eliminating Prudential Reasons

Eliminating Prudential Reasons

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(p.236) 11 Eliminating Prudential Reasons
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Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics Volume 8
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Alex Worsnip

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198828310.003.0012

This chapter argues, contrary to the consensus of most contemporary Western ethics, that there are no (distinctively, fundamentally) prudential reasons for action. That is to say: there is no class of reasons for action that is distinctively and fundamentally about the promotion of the agent’s own well-being. Considerations to do with the agent’s well-being can supply the agent with reasons only in virtue of her well-being mattering morally or in virtue of her caring about her own well-being. In both of these cases, the way that such prudential considerations supply reasons for action is a way that the well-being of others can supply reasons for action too.

Keywords:   prudence, self-interest, well-being, reasons, weighing, normativity

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