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Columbia Law School

Law and Philosophy

2014

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Normativity: The Place Of Reasoning, Joseph Raz Jan 2014

Normativity: The Place Of Reasoning, Joseph Raz

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It is more or less common ground that an important aspect of the explanation of normativity relates it to the way Reason (our rational powers), reasons (for beliefs, emotions, actions, etc.) and reasoning, with all its varieties and domains, are inter-connected. The relation of reasoning to reasons is the topic of this this paper. It does not start from a tabula rasa. It presupposes that normativity has to do with the ability to respond rationally to reasons, and with responding to reasons with the use of our rational powers. The question is where does reasoning fit in?

I will compare ...


Value And The Weight Of Practical Reasons, Joseph Raz Jan 2014

Value And The Weight Of Practical Reasons, Joseph Raz

Faculty Scholarship

Assuming that the value of options (actions, activities or omissions) constitutes the proximate reason for pursuing them, I will advance some considerations that encourage doubts whether we have reason to promote or to maximise value. A proper argument would require establishing a negative: that there is no reason to promote value, or something like that. Raising doubts is less demanding: it consists in explaining some aspects of the relation between values and reasons that enable us to dispense with the doubtful thesis, by illustrating alternative relations between values and reasons. Theses such as that value should be promoted bring with ...


Why The State?, Joseph Raz Jan 2014

Why The State?, Joseph Raz

Faculty Scholarship

The paper provides a broadly sketched argument about the importance of state-law and its limits, and the way current developments in international relations and international law tend to transform it without displacing its key position among legal systems in general. It argues that state law is (at least until present time) the most comprehensive law-based social organization within its domain. A standing which is manifested by acknowledged legitimacy by those subject to it (or many of them) and sovereignty, namely independence or external bodies. The paper argues that globalisation (broadly conceived) and attending developments in international greatly reduce the sovereignty ...


A Hedgehog's Unity Of Value, Joseph Raz Jan 2014

A Hedgehog's Unity Of Value, Joseph Raz

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The paper examine various interpretations of Dworkin's thesis of the Unity of Value, as expressed and defended in his book Justice for Hedgehogs. The revision (3rd June) improves the explanation of the role of interpretation regarding unity of value, and adds some other smaller points.