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Derek: I'm just following Judy Thomson on this point. A single concept of a reason is in play, and that is the concept of a reason for being in a mental state with a correctness condition. A reason for being in a mental state with a correctness condition is a consideration that bears the (now let's vague it up so that we can put to one side the issue that Jussi and Jamie have been discussing) appropriate truth-supporting relationship to the proposition that is that mental state's correctness condition. Examples of mental states with correctness conditions are belief and intrinsic desire. The correctness condition of the belief that p is the proposition that p, so the reasons are the considerations that bear the appropriate truth-supporting relationship to the proposition that p. The correctness condition of the final desire that p is the proposition that p is intrinsically good, so the so the reasons are the considerations that bear the appropriate truth-supporting relationship to the proposition that p is intrinsically good. There is therefore no equivocation.
Toggle Commented Apr 2, 2015 on Smith's Objection to Buck-Passing at PEA Soup
Princeton requires undergraduates to take one course in "Ethical Thought and Moral Values": see http://www.princeton.edu/pub/ua/requirements/
Toggle Commented Jan 25, 2010 on University Ethics Requirements at PEA Soup