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date: 24 June 2019

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This chapter is divided broadly into two parts. The first part examines the idea that agents choose for (motivating) reasons. After an investigation of what this idea amounts to, arguments for the claim the agent always chooses for reasons and for the claim that agents never choose for reasons are set out and critiqued. It is concluded that, at the very least, there are deep problems with the idea that agents choose for reasons. The second part examines what light the relationship between (normative) reasons and responsibility can shed on the nature of reasons. Roughly, it is argued that, given reasons-responsive accounts of responsibility, reasons are best cashed out as being evidence of the normative or evaluative status of actions.

Keywords: reasons, choices, responsibility, evidence, action

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