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We Have No Reason to Think There Are No Reasons for Affective Attitudes

Faraci, David

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Barry Maguire argues that there are no reasons for affective attitudes. ‘There is no reason for your incredulous reaction to’ this thesis, he claims. In this paper, I argue that we have no reason to accept his thesis. I first examine Maguire's purported differences between reasons for action and so-called reasons for affective attitudes. In each case, I argue that the differences are exaggerated and that to the extent they obtain, they are best explained by differences between actions and affective attitudes, not between kinds of normative support. In closing, I argue that even if Maguire were correct, the extent of the threat to one of his central targets—so-called ‘buck-passing’ views—would remain unclear.

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Faraci, D. (2020). We Have No Reason to Think There Are No Reasons for Affective Attitudes. Mind, 129(513), 225-234. https://doi.org/10.1093/mind/fzy054

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Oct 25, 2018
Publication Date Jan 31, 2020
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 25, 2020
Journal Mind
Print ISSN 0026-4423
Electronic ISSN 1460-2113
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 129
Issue 513
Pages 225-234
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/mind/fzy054

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This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Mind following peer review. The version of record Faraci, David (2020). We Have No Reason to Think There Are No Reasons for Affective Attitudes. Mind 129(513): 225-234. is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1093/mind/fzy054





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