Reasons, Ought, and Normative Transmission

Workshop at the Humboldt-Universität of Berlin from May 14 to May 15, 2020


  • Matt Bedke, UBC Vancouver
  • John Broome, Oxford
  • Janice Dowell, Syracuse
  • Benjamin Kiesewetter, HU Berlin
  • Felix Koch, FU Berlin
  • Thomas Schmidt, HU Berlin
  • Justin Snedegar, St Andrews

Many of our reasons for actions are derivative in the sense that they are explained by an instrumental or logical relationship between the supported action and some other action there is reason to perform. The same goes for many truths about what we ought to do. However, the principles governing the transmission from non-derivative to derivative reasons and oughts are a matter of controversial discussion in the philosophy of normativity.