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Reason and Value

ISBN13: 9780199261888
ISBN: 0199261881
Published: April 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback
Price: £107.50

Reason and Value collects 15 new papers by leading contemporary philosophers on themes from the work of Joseph Raz. Raz has made major contributions in a wide range of areas, including jurisprudence, political philosophy, and the theory of practical reason; but all of his work displays a deep engagement with central themes in moral philosophy. The subtlety and power of Raz's reflections on ethical topics make his writings a fertile source for anyone working in this area.;Especially significant are his explorations of the connections between practical reason and the theory of value, which constitute a sustained and penetrating treatment of a set of issues at the very center of moral philosophy as it is practiced today.;The contributors to the volume acknowledge the importance of Raz's contributions by engaging critically with his positions and offering independent perspectives on the topics that he has addressed. The volume aims both to honour Raz's accomplishments in the area of ethical theorizing, and to contribute to an enhanced appreciation of the significance of his work for the subject.;Contributors: Michael E. Bratman, John Broome, Ruth Chang, Jonathan Dancy, Harry Frankfurt, Ulrike Heuer, Philip Pettit, Peter Railton, Donald H. Regan, T. M. Scanlon, Samuel Scheffler, Seana Valentine Shiffrin, Michael Smith, Michael Stocker, Michael Thompson, R. Jay Wallace.

1. Shared Valuing and Frameworks for Practical Reasoning; 2. Reasons; 3. Can Desires Provide Reasons for Action?; 4. Enticing Reasons; 5. Disengaging Reason; 6. Raz on Values and Reasons; 7. The Truth in Deontology; 8. How to Engage Reason: The Problem of Regress; 9. Why am I my Brother's Keeper?; 10. Reasons: A Puzzling Duality?; 11. Projects, Relationships, and Reasons; 12. Egalitarianism, Choice-Sensitivity, and Accomodation; 13. Raz on the Intelligibility of Bad Acts; 14. What is it to Wrong Someone? A Puzzle about Justice; 15. The Rightness of Acts and the Goodness of Lives