Resolutions provide reasons or: “how the Cookie Monster quit cookies”

Adam Bales, Toby Handfield

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Why should we typically act in accordance with our resolutions when faced with the temptation to do otherwise? A much-maligned view suggests that we should do so because resolutions themselves provide us with reasons for action. We defend a version of this view, on which resolutions provide second-order reasons. This account avoids the objections typically taken to be fatal for the view that resolutions are reasons, including the prominent bootstrapping objections.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021


  • Bootstrapping arguments
  • Reasons
  • Resolutions
  • Temptation

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