Broome on Reasons to Act
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In Rationality Through Reasoning, John Broome explores the nature of reasons, rationality, and what he calls “the central ought.” His discussion is rich in distinctions, arguments, and controversial claims. It is also dauntingly rigorous: I am sure I have not mastered Broome’s system. In what follows, I risk some tentative questions about its application to ethics, raising objections and offering an alternative view. There is a lot in Broome’s meticulous, wide-ranging book that I will not address.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
Setiya, Kieran. “Broome on Reasons to Act.” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 91.1 (2015): 204–210.
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