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Conflicting Reasons, Unconflicting ‘Ought’S, Gopal Shyam Nair Mar 2016

Conflicting Reasons, Unconflicting ‘Ought’S, Gopal Shyam Nair

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One of the popular albeit controversial ideas in the last century of moral philosophy is that what we ought to do is explained by our reasons. And one of the central features of reasons that accounts for their popularity among normative theorists is that they can conflict. But I argue that the fact that reasons conflict actually also poses two closely related problems for this popular idea in moral philosophy. The first problem is a generalization of a problem in deontic logic concerning the existence of conflicting obligations. The second problem arises from a tension between the fact that reasons ...