Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Major

Philosophy

Date of Defense

4-29-2013

Graduate Advisor

Eric Wiland, Ph.D.

Committee

Eric Wiland, Ph.D.

John Brunero, Ph.D.

Waldemar Rohloff, Ph.D.

Abstract

In this essay, I will argue that there are moral requirements which are requirements of practical reason that apply to all agents independent of their motives. First, I will outline the argument for the thesis of reason internalism and then briefly set up the resulting problem for the rational authority of morality. To resolve this problem, I will argue for a principle of reason transmission. From this principle, I will argue that there are cases in which agents fail to have a reason for action, regardless of their motivations. Further, I argue that these are universal requirements. Thus, I conclude that there are actions that rationality requires all agents not to do.

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