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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front Phil Chin    2011, Vol. 6 Issue (3) : 345-357
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Acting in Ignorance
Jonathan DANCY()
Department of Philosophy, University of Reading, Reading RG6 6AA, UK Department of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin, Austin TX 78713, USA
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This paper considers and rejects the arguments that have been given in favour of the view that one can only act for the reason that p if one knows that p. The paper contrasts it with the view I hold, which is that one can act for the reason that p even if it is not the case that p.

Keywords knowledge      reasons      action      non-factive explanation     
Corresponding Authors: Jonathan DANCY,   
Issue Date: 05 September 2011
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Jonathan DANCY. Acting in Ignorance[J]. Front Phil Chin, 2011, 6(3): 345-357.
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