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The Value of Rationality

Format: Academic Paperback
Media: Paperback
PublisherCode: 9780198845836
Publisher: OUP Oxford

We assess people's states of mind and processes of reasoning (such as their beliefs and choices) in many ways. One kind of assessment of these states and processes is commonly expressed by the word 'rational'. This book explains what this means. According to this explanation, when we assess beliefs or choices as rational or as irrational, we are evaluating them as in a certain way good or bad. This book rebuts objections to this explanation, by developing a precise general account of the specific kind of goodness that counts as rationality. Whether you are thinking rationally depends purely on what is going on in your mind, but rational thinking is a means to the goal of getting things right in your thinking, by believing the truth or making good choices. This account provides a general program for investigating what it is for beliefs and choices to count as rational.

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