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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Defending the Wide-Scope Approach to Instrumental Reason
Author(s): Way, Jonathan
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Keywords: Instrumental reason
Object-given and state-given reasons
Practical reason
Issue Date: Jan-2010
Date Deposited: 11-May-2009
Citation: Way J (2010) Defending the Wide-Scope Approach to Instrumental Reason. Philosophical Studies, 147 (2), pp. 213-233.
Abstract: The Wide-Scope approach to instrumental reason holds that the requirement to intend the necessary means to your ends should be understood as a requirement to either intend the means, or else not intend the end. In this paper I explain and defend a neglected version of this approach. I argue that three serious objections to Wide-Scope accounts turn on a certain assumption about the nature of the reasons that ground the Wide-Scope requirement. The version of the Wide-Scope approach defended here allows us to reject this assumption, and so defuse the objections.
DOI Link: 10.1007/s11098-008-9277-2
Rights: Published in Philosophical Studies by Springer. The original publication is available at

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