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The Wild and the WickedOn Nature and Human Nature$
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Benjamin Hale

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035408

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035408.001.0001

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The Axes of Evildoers

The Axes of Evildoers

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The Wild and the Wicked

Benjamin Hale

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This chapter elaborates on earlier chapters by discussing various attitudes and orientations that interpreters of reasons may take with regard to actions and events. The chapter proposes that it is easy to think that actions should either be assessed from a third-person perspective or a first-person perspective – strategically – but it suggests instead that the second-person perspective may be a more appropriate stance from which to evaluate reasons for actions. It utilizes cases like the Two Elk fire, zombies, and the video game DOOM to distinguish between an orientation toward success and an orientation toward understanding.

Keywords:   Strategy, Understanding, second-personal reasons, DOOM, Vail, Habermas

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