Title: Explaining Our Choices: Reid on Motives, Character and Effort
Authors: Kroeker, Esther # ×
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press on behalf of the University of Aberdeen and the Scots Philosophical Club
Series Title: Journal of Scottish Philosophy vol:5 issue:2 pages:187-212
Abstract: Libertarians, like Thomas Reid, hold that motives do not causally necessitate our choices. The problem that arises is to explain how the agent decides to act according to one motive and not the other. In light of some objections brought up by Leibniz and Edwards but also by contemporary compatibilists such as Haji and Goetz, I examine Thomas Reid's possible answer to this problem. I argue that to explain our choices Reid would appeal not only to motives and character traits but also to the amount of effort needed to choose what is best. I also address Reid's criticism of the implicit presuppositions of the Principle of Sufficient Reason. My aim is therefore to explore, clarify and defend Reid's account of agency in choice-making.
ISSN: 1479-6651
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
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