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Being Apart from Reasons

The Role of Reasons in Public and Private Moral Decision-Making

Authors: Michelon, Cláudio Jr.

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Being Apart from Reasons deals with the question of how we should go about using reasons to decide what to do. More particularly, the book presents objections to the most common response given by contemporary legal and political theorists to the moral complexity of decision-making in modern societies, namely: the attempt to release public agents from their argumentative burden by insulating a particular set of reasons from the general pool of reasons and assigning the former systematic priority over all other reasons. If those attempts succeed, public agents should not reason comprehensively, taking into account all reasons and weighing them against one another. Some reasons would be excluded from decision-making by kind.

That strategy is apparent both in Rawls’ claim that reasons concerning the right are systematically prior to reasons concerning the good and in Raz’s claim that pre-emptive reasons are systematically prior to first-order reasons. The same strategy is also instantiated by certain arguments for the procedural value of law, such as Jeremy Waldron’s. In the book, each of those arguments for the insulation of reasons is objected to in order to defend the thesis the reasoning by public agents must always be as comprehensive as possible.

In order to reach that conclusion a particular picture of public decision-making is needed. That picture is provided by the comparison between the use of reasons in public and private decision-making which is carried out in the first two chapters of the book. That comparison brings to light peculiar features of public decision-making that imply the need for public agents to reason comprehensively before deciding. The remaining chapters object to those arguments mentioned above which aim at justifying the exclusion of certain reasons from public agents' decision-making.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • INTRODUCTION

    Pages 1-11

    Michelon, Cláudio, Jr.

  • MORAL ACTION, REASON AND INCLINATION

    Pages 13-50

    Michelon, Cláudio, Jr.

  • REASONING IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CONTEXTS

    Pages 51-78

    Michelon, Cláudio, Jr.

  • NEUTRALIST PUBLIC LIBERALISM AND THE INSULATION OF THE RIGHT FROM THE GOOD

    Pages 79-108

    Michelon, Cláudio, Jr.

  • LEGAL AND NON-LEGAL REASONS IN THE COMMON GROUND OF DELIBERATION

    Pages 109-139

    Michelon, Cláudio, Jr.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Being Apart from Reasons
Book Subtitle
The Role of Reasons in Public and Private Moral Decision-Making
Authors
Series Title
Law and Philosophy Library
Series Volume
76
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-4283-6
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-4283-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-4282-9
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7096-8
Series ISSN
1572-4395
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 194
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