Matt Bedke


This paper defends a probability-raising theory of what it is to be a means to an end, and how much reason transmits from an end to its means. In short, an action is a means to an end insofar as it raises the probability of the end relative to the worst one could do. The paper also considers and criticizes several alternative probability-raising theories as well as non-probability-raising conditions on being a means and being supported by means-based reason.


How to Cite
BEDKE, Matt. Ends to Means. Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, [S.l.], v. 12, n. 1, aug. 2017. ISSN 1559-3061. Available at: <http://jesp.org/index.php/jesp/article/view/207>. Date accessed: 23 oct. 2017. doi: https://doi.org/10.26556/jesp.v12i1.207.