Normative Reason

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An Normative Reason is a reason that is a justifying statement.



  1. Scanlon, T.M. What We Owe To Each Other. Harvard: Harvard University Press, 1998. p. 17.
  2. Parfit, Derek (January 23, 2009) (PDF). On What Matters (forthcoming). Rutgers University. Archived from the original on March 31, 2010. Retrieved September 16, 2011. 

    • Some philosophers (one being John Broome[1]) view normative reasons as the same as "explanations of ought facts". Just as explanatory reasons explain why some descriptive fact obtains (or came to obtain), normative reasons on this view explain why some normative facts obtain, i.e., they explain why some state of affairs ought to come to obtain (e.g., why someone should act or why some event ought to take place).
  1. Broome, John. "Reasons". In Reason and Value: Themes from the Moral Philosophy of Joseph Raz. Edited by R. Jay Wallace et al. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. p. 28.