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Keywords:

  • motivation;
  • practical reasoning;
  • rational action;
  • Nagel;
  • reasons;
  • ought;
  • acting for reasons

Abstract

I develop a scheme for the explanation of rational action. I start from a scheme that may be attributed to Thomas Nagel in The Possibility of Altruism, and develop it step by step to arrive at a sharper and more accurate scheme. The development includes a progressive refinement of the notion of motivation. I end by explaining the role of reasoning within the scheme.