Date of Award

6-2012

Degree Type

Dissertation

Embargo Date

8-17-2012

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Philosophy

Advisor(s)

Mark Heller

Keywords

Motivating Reasons, Anti-Psychologism, Psychologism, Propositionalism

Subject Categories

Philosophy

Abstract

I argue that many recent anti-psychologistic accounts of agential reasons are unsatisfactory. I also argue that psychologistic accounts are false. Then I develop and defend an anti-psychologistic, propositionalist theory of reasons whereby agential reasons are propositions. I also develop a corresponding anti-psychologistic account of reason-explanation that is able to help resolve some of the more difficult problems for theories of anti-psychologism. Next, I argue for a Russellian theory of propositionalism. Finally, I argue against teleological theories of reasons.

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Open Access

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Philosophy Commons

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