Reasons of Love: A Case Against Universalism About Practical Reason

Oded Na'Aman*

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The paper presents an argument from love against universalism about practical reason, that is, the view that an agent's practical reasons normatively supervene on the agent's circumstances. Universalism explains the different reasons you and I have by citing differences in our properties, circumstances, relationships, etc. It thus rejects the possibility that the normative differences between us are basic. But love seems to make such basic distinctions, for it gives us special reasons with regard to particular individuals as such. To establish this, I criticize Niko Kolodny's relationship theory, which accounts for reasons of love in universal terms. Then I suggest that any universalist account will fail in the same way.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)315-322
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of the Aristotelean Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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