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Subjunctive Facts and the Agent-Neutral/Relative Reason Distinction

Rønnow-Rasmussen, Toni LU (2010) Workshop: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice
Abstract
Elsewhere I have argued that the notion of a normative agent-neutral reason is undermined by certain views on reasons; the existence of agent-neutral reasons can be questioned. Here I shall not repeat my doubts but rather address a way of expressing the distinction that I had not considered and which would, if correct, put an end to my worries about the soundness of this dichotomy. The idea, which was suggested to me by Douglas Portmore (personal communication) is that normative reasons are facts of a peculiar kind: they are subjunctive facts of a certain kind.
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agent-relative reason, agent-neutral reason, couter-factual, subjunctive facts
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Workshop: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice
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On Our Good Reasons
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English
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  abstract     = {Elsewhere I have argued that the notion of a normative agent-neutral reason is undermined by certain views on reasons; the existence of agent-neutral reasons can be questioned. Here I shall not repeat my doubts but rather address a way of expressing the distinction that I had not considered and which would, if correct, put an end to my worries about the soundness of this dichotomy. The idea, which was suggested to me by Douglas Portmore (personal communication) is that normative reasons are facts of a peculiar kind: they are subjunctive facts of a certain kind.},
  author       = {Rønnow-Rasmussen, Toni},
  keyword      = {agent-relative reason,agent-neutral reason,couter-factual,subjunctive facts},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {Subjunctive Facts and the Agent-Neutral/Relative Reason Distinction},
  year         = {2010},
}