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'The Right Kind of Solution to the Wrong Kind of Reason Problem'

Lang, GR (2008) 'The Right Kind of Solution to the Wrong Kind of Reason Problem'. Utilitas, 20 (4). 472 - 489 (18). ISSN 0953-8208

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Recent discussion of Scanlon’s ‘buck-passing’ account of value, which analyses the value of X in terms of agents’ reasons for having certain pro-attitudes or contra-attitudes towards X, has generated the ‘wrong kind of reason’ problem (WKR problem): this is the problem, for the buck-passing view, of being able to acknowledge that there may be good reasons for attributing final value to X that have nothing to do with the final value that X actually possesses. I briefly review some of the existing solutions offered to the WKR problem, including those by Philip Stratton-Lake and Jonas Olson, and offer a new, better one, which accommodates all the relevant cases presented in the literature.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2008 Cambridge University Press. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Humanities (Leeds) > School of Philosophy (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science (Leeds) > School of Philosophy (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2012 13:09
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 09:38
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0953820808003282
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Identification Number: 10.1017/S0953820808003282
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43551

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