8 March 2013

The Normativity of What We Care About

The Normativity of What We Care About - Katrien Schaubroeck

The Normativity of What We Care About, a book by Katrien Schaubroeck, presents a love-based reason theory as a new and promising perspective in the debate on practical reasons. Katrien Schaubroeck is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Philosophy (Ethics Institute).

Reasons and obligations pervade our lives. The alarm clock gives us a reason to get up in the morning, the expectations of colleagues or clients give us a reason to do our jobs well, the misery in developing countries gives us a reason to donate money to Oxfam, a headache gives us a reason to take an aspirin. Looking for unity in variety, philosophers wonder why a consideration counts as a reason to do something. The nature and source of practical reasons have been debated intensively over the last three decades in analytical philosophy.

This book discusses the three most influential theories referred to as the desire-based, the value-based, and the rationality-based theories of practical reasons. Schaubroeck argues that all three are defective because they overlook the role of what agents care about. In the end it is our being concerned about other people, leading a meaningful life and being healthy (among other things) that gives us reasons to do certain things rather than others.

  • Title: The Normativity of What We Care About. A Love-based Theory of Practical Reasons
  • Author: Katrien Schaubroeck
  • ISBN: 978 90 5867 905 5
  • Uitgever: 2013, University Press Leuven