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Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 5 TT09

Event Name Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 5 TT09
Start Date 25th May 2009 4:30pm
End Date 25th May 2009 6:30pm
Duration 2 hours

David Enoch (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) 'Giving Practical Reasons' to be held in the Lecture Room, 10 Merton Street, Oxford - Seminars in Moral Philosophy webpage


I am writing a mediocre paper on a topic you are not particularly interested in. You don't have, it seems safe to assume, a (normative) reason to read my draft. I then ask whether you would be willing to have a look and tell me what you think. Suddenly you do have a (normative) reason to read my draft. By my asking, I managed to give you the reason to read the draft. What does such reason-giving consist in? And how is it that we can do it?

In this paper, I characterize what I call robust reason giving, of the kind present in requests. I distinguish it from epistemic and merely triggering reason-giving, I discuss in detail the phenomenology of robust reason-giving, and I offer an analysis of robust reason-giving in terms of the complex intentions of the reason-giver and of the normative background.

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