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Acting for reasons: Reply to Dancy

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This paper argues that we need to distinguish between two different ideas of a reason: first, the idea of a premise or assumption, from which a person's action or deliberation can proceed; second, the idea of a fact by which a person can be guided, when he modifies his thought or behaviour in some way. It argues further that if we have the first idea in mind, one can act for the reason that p regardless of whether it is the case that p, and regardless of whether one believes that p. But if we...

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10.1007/s11466-011-0144-4

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Journal:
Frontiers of Philosophy in China
Volume:
6
Issue:
3
Pages:
358-368
Publication date:
2011-09-05
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EISSN:
1673-355X
ISSN:
1673-3436
URN:
uuid:854fc387-3bda-4eb7-8c00-52cf1f5f85ce
Source identifiers:
179479
Local pid:
pubs:179479

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