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Volume 52 • Number 2

April 2015



What Makes Reasons Sufficient?

by Mark Schroeder

This paper addresses the question: "What makes reasons sufficient?" and offers an answer that characterizes the sufficiency of reasons in terms of their relative weight. I call this conception sufficiency as balance. The paper starts by introducing some of the reasons why sufficiency has seemed difficult to understand, particularly in epistemology, and some circumstantial evidence that this has contributed to more general problems in the epistemological literature. It then intro- duces the positive account of sufficiency as balance and explains how this captures sufficiency in both the practical and epistemic domains. Finally, the paper shows how once we understand the nature of sufficiency, it is easy to predict the full variety of ways in which reasons—both for action and for belief—can be defeated.

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