ABSTRACT

In this concluding study, I return to the bafHing connection between motives and deeds. But now I work from the perspective of one's value judgements. A generalized form of the question I shall raise has come up in Essays In, IV, V and VI. Suppose a person has reason to perform an action of type A. He has no competing reason to do something else instead, and none against A-type actions. He is not prevented from doing an act of kind A. Does it follow deductively from these premises that he will do something of type A when he believes the occasion is suitable? More abstractly, the question is: Given propitious circumstances, is there a logical connection between motives and deeds?