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The buck passing account of value: assessing the negative thesis

Stratton-Lake, P. (2017) The buck passing account of value: assessing the negative thesis. In: Kirchin, S. (ed.) Reading Parfit: On On What Matters. Routledge, London, pp. 82-95. ISBN 0415529506

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The buck-passing account of value involves a positive and a negative claim. The positive claim is that to be good is to have reasons for a pro-attitude. The negative claim is that goodness itself is not a reason for a pro-attitude. Unlike Scanlon, Parfit rejects the negative claim. He maintains that goodness is reason-providing, but that the reason provided is not an additional reason, additional, that is, to the reason provided by the good-making property. I consider various ways in which this may be understood and reject all of them. So I conclude that buck-passers cannot reject the negative claim.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Humanities > Philosophy
ID Code:57621
Publisher:Routledge

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