Rationalism About Obligation

39 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2008

Date Written: July 12, 2008

Abstract

This paper considers whether having an obligation to do something involves having a special kind of reason to do it. I focus on those obligations which arise from the exercise of normative powers e.g. commands and promises. Various theories of obligation are examined, particularly that of Joseph Raz. I conclude that rationalism fails, at least with respect to promissory obligation.

Suggested Citation

Owens, David, Rationalism About Obligation (July 12, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1159183 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1159183

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