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Defending the wide-scope approach to instrumental reason

By Jonathan M. Way


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 theobjection

Topics: B1
Year: 2010
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