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I want to say that there might be many such systems, astrological, religious, scientific and so on. But this may be denied. An alternative view is that there is only one system for deriving beliefs: deductive logic. According to this alternative view, what I have been taking to be an astrological system of justification is really deductive logic with a set of assumptions: for example, that anyone whose star sign is Aquarius is fickle. To the extent that these assumptions are false, astrology fails to justify our beliefs after all.

But it is a process that is based on some preexisting motivational structure. ) would recommend that I work hard. REASONS AND PASSIONS 43 Williams’s claim is that a person must have some pre-existing motivational structure from which a reason can be derived if it is to count as a reason for them to act. Because I valued the idea of fulfilling one’s potential and saw myself as a person with some potential, I should have seen that I had a reason to work hard. According to the motivational structure I had back then there was a reason for me to work hard even though I had not worked it out as such then.

Indeed, according to Aristotle, if the system of practical justification that justifies emotional behaviour is properly regulated so that you neither react too quickly to offence nor too slowly and the same with all the other emotions, then emotional behaviour counts as virtuous behaviour. For Hume in the Treatise, emotions appear in the mind prior to justification and then feed into the process of motivation with reason merely guiding the will to the target set by the emotions. 6 Being motivated to act emotionally involves being committed to a system of practical justification.

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