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Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 7 TT09

Event Name Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 7 TT09
Start Date 8th Jun 2009 4:30pm
End Date 8th Jun 2009 6:30pm
Duration 2 hours

Simon Robertson (University of Southampton) 'Creating Reasons' to be held in the Lecture Room, 10 Merton Street, Oxford - Seminars in Moral Philosophy webpage


Orthodoxy has it that normative reasons for action are generally discovered in some sense, not created. This paper explores and defends the thesis that an agent can, and that agents sometimes do, create reasons to act. There are various ways this may happen, some familiar, others less so. To give some initial traction on the basic idea, the phenomenon as I shall characterise it involves bringing into existence a reason by making it the case, through some act, that there is a particular reason there would not have been absent that act. This much may be relatively uncontroversial; but it has a range of applications, many vastly under-explored if not simply overlooked, that yield important implications for our understanding of reasons. The first part of the paper (§§1-3) works towards a more precise characterisation of the creativity model; the second part (§§4-7) anticipates and responds to some objections to it, and examines its wider significance.

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