Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

European Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 16, No. 3, December 2008

Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

European Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 16, No. 3, December 2008

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Respecting Value, MARK ELI KALDERON

Joseph Raz motivates his own account of respect by criticizing Kant's. Many (though not all) of Raz's criticisms are found deficient--Kant's account, properly interpreted and sympathetically extended, has the means to evade these criticisms. In the end, Raz's account is not as strikingly different from Kant's as he may have supposed. Indeed, Raz's account provides the material for a nonconstructivist interpretation of the derivation of the Formula of Humanity.

The Myth of Practical Consistency, NIKO KOLODNY

Joseph Raz suggests that instrumental rationality--the idea that there is a special faculty or set of norms devoted to taking the apparent means to our ends--is a myth. There is only the structure of reasons and our responsiveness, insofar as we are rational, to that structure. This paper applies Raz's approach to practical consistency: to the idea that there is a special faculty or set of norms devoted to avoiding intentions that we believe that we cannot jointly fulfill. Here too, the paper suggests, there is only the structure of reasons and our responsiveness, insofar as we are rational, to that structure.--Correspondence to: kolodny@berkeley.edu.

Rationalism about Obligation, DAVID OWENS

There is a difference between the way a reason for doing something recommends that action to us and the way in which an obligation demands that action of us. This paper considers the obligations imposed by promises and commands. …

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