In this collection of essays a distinguished roster of philosophers analyse the diverse forms of practical conflict. Regret is an evaluative attitude responsive to what we have reason to value even though we cannot appropriately act on it p. The contributors are all outstanding philosophers and in most cases the essays are quite interesting. Agents have many different desires, goals, and commitments, all of which can come into conflict with each other. These essays will serve as a major resource for students of philosophy but will also interest students and professionals in related fields of the social sciences such as psychology, political science, sociology and economics. Reviewed by Terrance McConnell, University of North Carolina, Greensboro This volume consists of an introductory essay by the editors and thirteen single-authored articles, including one by each of the editors. Are there insolvable moral conflicts? How should officers of a democratic government deal with persons from a past, unjust regime? Schaber argues that a small subset of conflicts are insolvable.
Even there, most would use selected essays, depending on what aspects of practical reason they wished to emphasize. So the man is committed to conflicting projects - his particular desires versus his staying in the marriage. The simpler, dyadic functionalist account may be adequate to explain human action from the outside; but it is inadequate from the point of view of the deliberator. Velleman utilizes a case of Bernard Williams. In order to demonstrate the breadth of topics discussed, let me just mention contributors not discussed above. Register a Free 1 month Trial Account. This breadth of topics is, ironically, both a strength and a weakness of this book, I think.
Richardson does not object to the functionalism, but rather to its two-dimensionality. Conflicting values and conflicting virtues Nicholas White; 10. Chang argues ingeniously that conflicts between morality and well-being are resolvable only if there is this more comprehensive nameless value that has the conflicting values as parts. When contributions range from akrasia , to free will and responsibility, to transitional justice, to moral dilemmas, to decision theory, to Kant's ethics, to egoism, and to Aristotle, it takes acute vision to see commonality. Here Elster is concerned with how regimes come to terms with the past in a transition to democracy.
It is perception that differentiates the dyadic account from the one favored by Richardson. Could one reasonably use this book in the classroom? But it is a real strain to say that these essays are unified. How can practical reasoning help to resolve these practical conflicts? In particular, he argues that conflicts of moral reasons are insolvable only if the reasons are theoretically incommensurable, practically incommensurable they should not be compared , and symmetrical neither reason is dominated by the other. Is there something unfortunate about conflicts? The E-mail message field is required. Outcomes of internal conflicts in the sphere of akrasia and self-control Alfred R.
Use left and right arrow keys to navigate between menus. Isaac Levi discusses aspects of decision theory. September 2002 in Bonn, Bonn: Sinclair 2002, 329-338. Is this an insolvable moral conflict? Ensayos filosóficos sobre autoconciencia, sujeto y acción Intersubjectivity. Moreover, there are single-value conflicts.
Involvement and detachment: A paradox of practical reason Peter Baumann; 11. These essays will serve as a major resource for students of philosophy but will also interest students and professionals in related fields of the social sciences such as psychology, political science, sociology and economics. Introduction: varieties of practical conflict and the scope of practical reason Monika Betzler and Peter Baumann; 2. Putting together morality and well-being Ruth Chang; 6. Such conflicts raise issues about the normativity of morality and the scope of practical reason. So the husband should get himself out of this bind. But the scope of these papers is broader.
How can practical reasoning help to resolve these practical conflicts? While it would not be fair to say of this book that the whole is less than the sum of its parts, it is, I think, accurate to say that this collection of outstanding essays is unified only in a weak sense. Richardson calls the current understanding of desires dyadic functionalism; desires are distinguished in that they have different objects and different strengths. Christine Korsgaard writes about egoism. Their aim is to establish an understanding of the sources of these conflicts, to investigate the challenge they pose to an adequate conception of practical reasoning, and to assess the degree to which that challenge can be met. In this collection of essays a distinguished roster of philosophers analyse the diverse forms of practical conflict. Conflicts are unfortunate when, no matter what the agent does, there will be an unsatisfied reason left behind p.
These essays will serve as a major resource for students of philosophy but will also interest students and professionals in related fields of the social sciences such as psychology, political science, sociology and economics. It should be stated at the outset, however, that each essay in this book is philosophically astute, challenging, and interesting on its own. When an agent experiences conflicting desires, it is the dimension of place that indicates how she will resolve the conflict. The list of potentially conflicting items includes desires, preferences, emotions, goals, commitments, virtues, and obligations. Thinking about conflicts of desire Henry S. The problem is that once you have gotten your nifty new product, the practical conflicts baumann peter betzler monika gets a brief glance, maybe a once over, but it often tends to get discarded or lost with the original packaging. In a review of this length, it is not feasible to summarize each of the contributions.