The Question

  • Gerald K. Harrison
Part of the Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion book series (PFPR)


The question is “what are normative reasons, in and of themselves?” The answer is going to be that they are the attitudes a single external mind—a god of sorts—is adopting towards us doing and believing things. However, it is emphasized that what follows is not an attempt to provide rational underpinnings to a religious worldview, but a disinterested attempt to follow arguments where they lead. The following are also clarified: (a) that the question is not about what we have reason to do and believe (a first-order question), but about what the reasons themselves are made of (a second order question); (b) that normative reasons should not be conflated with explanatory reasons and/or motivational reasons; and finally (c) that there are three main kinds of normative reason: epistemic, instrumental and moral.


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  • Gerald K. Harrison
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  1. 1.Massey UniversityPalmerston NorthNew Zealand

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