The value-based theory of reasons

Barry Maguire

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his paper develops the Value-Based Theory of Reasons in some detail. The central part of the paper introduces a number of theoretically puzzling features of normative reasons. These include weight, transmission, overlap, and the promiscuity of reasons. I argue that the Value-Based Theory of Reasons elegantly accounts for these features. This paper is programmatic. Its goal is to put the promising but surprisingly overlooked Value-Based Theory of Reasons on the table in discussions of normative reasons, and to draw attention to a number of areas for fruitful further research.
Original languageEnglish
Article number20201214
Pages (from-to)233-262
Early online date30 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes


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