Aims/Description: According to Joseph Raz reasons are the fundamental unit of normativity. It is in terms of reasons that we justify all other practical requirements. If this is so, one might want to know what are these things called reasons? What methods do we have for telling what reasons we have? How reliable are these methods? What mental faculties keep us in touch with our reasons? Can we understand reasons in terms of more fundamental non-normative entities? What is the relation between reasons and motivation? What is the connection between reasons and rational thinking? This unit will look at these questions about the nature of reasons and our connection with them.
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