On The Guise of the Good
University of Oxford - Faculty of Law; Columbia University - Law School; King's College London – The Dickson Poon School of Law
March 13, 2008
Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 43/2008
I will provisionally take the Guise of the Good thesis to consist of three propositions: (1) Intentional actions are actions performed for reasons, as those are seen by the agents. (2) Specifying the intention which makes an action intentional identifies central features of the reason(s) for which the action is performed. (3) Reasons for action are such reasons by being facts which establish that the action has some value. From these it is said to follow that (4) Intentional actions are actions taken in, and because of, a belief that there is some good in them. I will examine reasons for, and objections to these theses, and offer a defence of a modified version of the thesis.
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Date posted: March 4, 2008 ; Last revised: December 4, 2013