chapter  11
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The rationality of action and the plurality of value

The assessment of practical reasoning concerns standards for practical arguments in the abstract and, even more, for the process of justifiably concluding upon an action in virtue of one’s beliefs of the premises of the argument. Justified conclusions of these kinds yield reasons for action. We have examined both practical reasoning and reasons for action conceived in relation to it. But practical reasoning and reasons for action are important in part because of their bearing on rational action, conceived as conduct distinct from any practical judgment that guides it and as capable of being motivated by any of a huge range of values. That bearing is the main subject of this chapter.