Being Realistic About Reasons

2014.07.36 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews T. M. Scanlon, Being Realistic About Reasons, Oxford University Press, 2014, 132pp., $29.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780199678488.
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2014.07.36 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews T. M. Scanlon, Being Realistic About Reasons, Oxford University Press, 2014, 132pp., $29.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780199678488. Reviewed by Bruce Russell, Wayne State University If there are footprints in the sand at the water's edge, there is reason to believe that someone recently walked along the beach. There is reason to want to live a long, happy, and productive life. There is reason to feel sad if someone you love has died. There is reason to have a doctor set your broken arm. There is reason to save a drowning child if you are a good swimmer and to relieve a child's suffering if you can. There are reasons to believe, to desire, to feel, and to act. That is what normativity is about: reasons. And what are reasons? Tim Scanlon is famous for his insight that reasons are considerations that count in favor of something (see, p.... Read More

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