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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The Symmetry of Rational Requirements
Author(s): Way, Jonathan
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Keywords: Rational requirements
Asymmetry objection
Wide-scope view
Self-knowledge, Theory of
Issue Date: Sep-2011
Date Deposited: 16-May-2011
Citation: Way J (2011) The Symmetry of Rational Requirements. Philosophical Studies, 155 (2), pp. 227-239.;
Abstract: Some irrational states can be avoided in more than one way. For example, if you believe that you ought to A you can avoid akrasia by intending to A or by dropping the belief that you ought to A. This supports the claim that some rational requirements are wide-scope. For instance, the requirement against akrasia is a requirement to intend to A or not believe that you ought to A. But some writers object that this Wide-Scope view ignores asymmetries between the different ways of avoiding irrationality. In this paper I defend the Wide-Scope view against recent objections of this sort from Mark Schroeder and Niko Kolodny. I argue that once we are clear about what the Wide-Scope view is committed to—and, importantly, what it is not—we can see that Schroeder and Kolodny’s objections fail.
DOI Link: 10.1007/s11098-010-9563-7
Rights: Published in Philosophical Studies by Springer. The original publication is available at

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