Aggregating reasons and persons: on sorting out the logic of the good, Royce’s style

Simion, M. (2014) Aggregating reasons and persons: on sorting out the logic of the good, Royce’s style. Contemporary Pragmatism, 11(2), pp. 107-121. (doi: 10.1163/18758185-90000293)

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Abstract

Contemporary ‘Fitting Attitude’ (FA) axiological frameworks – defining value in terms of having properties that provide reasons for pro-attitudes – struggle with the so-called Wrong Kind of Reasons problem (WKR). That is, they fail to offer a coherent account as to what reasons are fitted to enter our evaluative endeavors in the first place. Furthermore, WKR opens FA to charges regarding intransitivity of value ordering. I argue that revisiting Josiah Royce’s ‘plan of life’ mediating principle offers a promising reasons’ aggregation recipe, and thus safeguards the transitivity axiom under FA.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Simion, Professor Mona
Authors: Simion, M.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Research Group:Cogito
Journal Name:Contemporary Pragmatism
Publisher:Brill
ISSN:1572-3429
ISSN (Online):1875-8185

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