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What Does It Mean To Give A Reason?

Can we ever give adequate reasons for our actions? If so, how? If not, what would be the implications?

Why did you do that? Can you always give a full answer the way you could probably give a reason for, say, a window breaking? If not, what prevents us? Is it the Freudian unconscious, ideology or simply the number of variables required to model the physical interactions involved? In any case, if we can’t give a complete account of why we do what we do, how can we be held ethically accountable for it? Can we claim to be rational actors in the world at all?

Dr Maria Alvarez is a lecturer at King’s College, London and specialises in questions about human agency and reason-giving.


Dr Maria Alvarez | talks


Date and Time:

25 October 2011 at 8:00 pm


3 hours



The Wheatsheaf
25 Rathbone Place

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