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On some alleged solutions to the wrong kind of reasons problem
2008 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

According to the ‘fitting attitudes’ (FA) analysis of value, x is good means that a pro-attitude towards x is fitting. A recent version of the analysis is T. M. Scanlon’s (1998) ‘buck-passing’ account of value, which suggests that an object is good or valuable if it has properties that provide reasons for pro-attitudes towards the object. The ‘wrong kind of reasons’ problem is an objection towards the account, acknowledging that there are situations when these conditions are satisfied, but we are not willing to consider the object as valuable. In this paper I will first briefly review and criticize two solutions to the problem, by Parfit (2001) and Skorupski (forthcoming), before moving on to my main point. I will then examine in detail a very recent proposal offered by Danielsson and Olson (2007), suggesting that value should be explained in terms of the notion of ‘correctness’. I argue that their approach has some serious disadvantages, and my contention is that the proposal is built on too loose grounds to be a plausible defence of the buck-passing account of value. My line of argument not only has implications for their definition of value, but also on how we are to assess the FA analysis as a whole.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008.
Keyword [en]
Humanities Theology
Keyword [sv]
Humaniora, Teologi
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-57275ISRN: LTU-CUPP--08/186--SELocal ID: df4fabbc-8701-4dc3-867a-45d4ea3a5e3fOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-57275DiVA: diva2:1030662
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
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Philosophy, bachelor's level
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Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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