Conditional and Conditioned Reasons

David McNaughtona1 and Piers Rawlinga2

a1 University of Keele, d.a.mcnaughton@keele.ac.uk

a2 Florida State Unviersity, prawling@mailer.fsu.edu


This paper is a brief reponse to some of Douglas Portmore's criticisms of our version of the agent-relative/agent-neutral distinction.

In his interesting and helpful paper ‘McNaughton and Rawling on the Agent-relative/Agent-neutral Distinction’, Douglas Portmore criticizes our formalization of duties on the grounds that we have over-looked an important class of conditional cases in which the antecedent of the conditional falls outside the scope of the deontic operator.