Normative Reasons: Between Reasoning and Explanation




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Artūrs Logins, Normative reasons: between reasoning and explanation, Cambridge University Press, 2022, 241pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781316513774.

Reviewed by Daniel Drucker, University of Texas at Austin

Once you believe in normative facts, facts about what we ought to do, what’s fitting to believe, and all the rest, there’s still a question of how agents can translate their assumed grasp of some of these facts into some correspondingly motivated behavior. (I use ‘behavior’ to cover both normal acts and things like forming an attitude on some basis.) Normative reasons are an important part of one conceptual framework for understanding how this can happen. A normative reason is a consideration for or against some bit of behavior that can, at least most of the time, in paradigmatic cases, motivate behavior through being believed or otherwise appreciated in the right way, at which point they are also motivating reasons. In this framework, reasons are…

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