Quote For The Month. June 2017

All the same, given the needed ancillary premises, an expectation of arbitrarily high order about action does give an agent one good reason for a choice of action. The one may, and normally will, be one reason among the many which jointly suffice to justify his choice. Suppose the agent is originally justified somehow in having expectations of several orders about his own and his partners' actions. And suppose the ancillary premises are available. Then each of his original expectations independently gives him a reason to act one way or another. If he is lucky, all these independent reasons will be reasons for the same action.
D. Lewis, Convention. A Philosophical Study, 1969.


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