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Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 6 TT10

Event Name Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 6 TT10
Start Date 31st May 2010 4:30pm
End Date 31st May 2010 6:30pm
Duration 2 hours

Daniel Star (Boston University), 'Weighing Reasons' (coauthored with Stephen Kearns) to be held in the Lecture Room, 10 Merton Street, Oxford - Seminars in Moral Philosophy webpage


This paper is a response to two sets of published criticisms of the "Reasons as Evidence" thesis, defended by us in a couple of earlier papers. According to this thesis, a fact is a normative reason for an agent to Φ just in case this fact is evidence that this agent ought to Φ. John Broome and John Brunero have independently presented a number of challenging criticisms of this thesis in papers published in Ethics. These criticisms focus, for the most part, on problems that the new thesis regarding the nature of reasons appears to confront when it comes to weighing reasons. Our paper responds to all the main criticisms that these authors provide, hopefully shedding fresh light on the interesting topic of the weighing of reasons in the process..

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