Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement


The Force of Numbers

Joseph Raz1

A view as widely endorsed as it is disputed says, formulating it in my own words: The only thing we have reason to do is promote value. This I will call The promotion of value thesis (or principle).

Joseph Raz, Professor of Philosophy, Balliol College, Oxford.


1 I owe much to comments on earlier drafts by Jonathan Adler, Anthony Price, Andrei Marmor, John Broome, Dan Priel, Mike Martin, Ian Rumfitt, Leif Wenar, G. A. Cohen and especially Tom Pink.