Reason explanation:a first-order normative account

Manson, Neil C. (2004) Reason explanation:a first-order normative account. Philosophical Explorations, 7 (2). pp. 113-130. ISSN 1386-9795

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How do reason explanations explain? One view is that they require the deployment of a tacit psychological theory; another is that even if no tacit theory is involved, we must still conceive of reasons as mental states. By focusing on the subjective nature of agency, and by casting explanations as responses to why questions that assuage agents puzzlement, reason explanations can be profitably understood as part of our traffic in first-order content amongst perspectival subjects. An outline is offered of such an account of reason explanation, one that fully acknowledges the distinctive first-order first-person normative perspective of agency.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophical Explorations
Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal of Philosophical Explorations, 7 (2), 2004, © Taylor & Francis
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/libraryofcongress/b1
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 524
Deposited By: Dr Neil C Manson
Deposited On: 01 Jun 2007
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2019 00:22

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