Transmission failures

Stephen John White*

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According to a natural view of instrumental normativity, if you ought to do J, and doing ψ is a necessary means for you to do φ, then you ought to do ψ. In “Instrumental Normativity: In Defense of the Transmission Principle,” Benjamin Kiesewetter defends this principle against certain actualist-inspired counterexamples. In this article I argue that Kiesewetter’s defense of the transmission principle fails. His arguments rely on certain principles-Joint Satisfiability and Reason Transmission-which we should not accept in the unqualified forms needed to establish his conclusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)719-732
Number of pages14
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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