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HaraKiriBlade

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...to say that actions are good just because they seems to make morality arbitrary. God could decree anything to be good: lying or treachery, for example. It seems more reasonable to say that lying and treachery are bad and for this reason the gods or God condemn or disapprove of them and that we should also. One implication of this view is that morality has a certain independence; if so, we should be able to determine whether certain actions are right or wrong in themselves and for some reason.

To me 'for some reason' is the same as 'for some unknown reason'. In this paragraph though, it doesn't seem like such is the case. Could you tell me what 'for some reason' in this text means?

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Perhaps it means there is a reason those actions are right or wrong.
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To me 'for some reason' is the same as 'for some unknown reason'. In this paragraph though, it doesn't seem like such is the case. Could you tell me what 'for some reason' in this text means?

- HKB

It seems to me that it should read: "...and for what reason".
 

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"...for some unknown reason" is better.

Thank you for the response.

Although "...for some unknown reason" is better, isn't "...for some reason unknown" incorrect?

1. for some reason unknown to someone
2. for some unknown reason to someone
#1 is correct, but #2 is incorrect, isn't it?
 

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Thank you for the response.

Although "...for some unknown reason" is better, isn't "...for some reason unknown" incorrect?

1. for some reason unknown to someone
2. for some unknown reason to someone
#1 is correct, but #2 is incorrect, isn't it?
Yes, #2 is incorrect in this case.
 

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Thank you for the response.

Although "...for some unknown reason" is better, isn't "...for some reason unknown" incorrect?

1. for some reason unknown to someone
2. for some unknown reason to someone
#1 is correct, but #2 is incorrect, isn't it?
They're both wrong in the current context.
It means "for some reason known to someone", "for some known reason".
We should be able to determine what's right and what's wrong, and at least someone should know the reason for it being so.
 

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Thank you for the response.

Although "...for some unknown reason" is better, isn't "...for some reason unknown" incorrect?

1. for some reason unknown to someone
2. for some unknown reason to someone
#1 is correct, but #2 is incorrect, isn't it?
It would be a reason unknown to anyone in this context. (Not someone.)


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