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Paper   IPM / Philosophy / 13378
School of Analytic Philosophy
  Title:   The Guise of the Good and the Problem of Over- Intellectualism
  Author(s):  Amir Saemi
  Status:   Published
  Journal: The Journal of Value Inquiry
  No.:  3
  Vol.:  48
  Year:  2014
  Pages:   489-501
  Supported by:  IPM
I will argue that Raz’s defense of the doctrine of the guise of the good rests on a over-intellectualized account of action. Raz holds that attributing evaluative beliefs to agents is justified on explanatory grounds. I argue that this account fails to do justice to the first-personal character of action explanation. Moreover, I will argue that Raz’s account of action has its root in his restrictive and over-intellectualized understanding of normative explanation. I will suggest that we can have a more plausible understanding of the guise of the good that is not over-intellectualized, if we adopt a broader understanding of normative explanation

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