Weighing Reasons

2016.07.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Errol Lord and Barry Maguire (eds.), Weighing Reasons, Oxford University Press, 2016, 301pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2016.07.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Errol Lord and Barry Maguire (eds.), Weighing Reasons, Oxford University Press, 2016, 301pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199315192. Reviewed by Jussi Suikkanen, University of Birmingham It has become increasingly evident that there are two kinds of normative concepts. Some refer to strict categories: actions are required, merely permissible, or forbidden; we ought to do some actions and ought not to do others; actions are right or wrong; and so on. These concepts are used to make deontic evaluations on the overall, all-things-considered level. Other normative concepts refer to properties that come in degrees: actions and outcomes can be more or less good or bad, we can have stronger and weaker reasons for and against different actions and attitudes, and so on. These evaluations are on the contributory level and the properties referred to in them at least in part explain the overall deontic status of actions.. . .

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