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Crucible of Reason : Intentional Action, Practical Rationality, and Weakness of Will - Keith D. Wyma

Crucible of Reason

Intentional Action, Practical Rationality, and Weakness of Will

Hardcover Published: 1st January 2005
ISBN: 9780742535374
Number Of Pages: 320

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In this clear, incisive, and well-written inquiry, philosopher Keith D. Wyma subjects the thought of three prominent intentional theorists, R. M. Hare, Donald Davidson, and Thomas Aquinas, to the crucible of reason to see whether, and how, they can account for weakness of will. Wyma is careful to clarify which actions count as incontinent or the result of weakness of will; they must be performed intentionally even as they are judged as something that ought not to be done. His in-depth study of Hare, Davidson, and Aquinas on this important issue is a major contribution to understanding practical rationality and intentional action.

Wyma's book is an exemplary treatment both of the recent history of a philosophical problem and of the problem itself. He shows us how to learn from Hare, Davidson, and their critics, and then to move beyond them, finding resources in Aquinas that contribute powerfully to his impressive argument. Anyone interested either in moral philosophy or in the philosophy of action will find this book unusually rewarding. -- Alasdair MacIntyre, research professor of philosophy, University of Notre Dame

R. M. Hare's theoryp. 13
Hare's theory in the cruciblep. 35
Donald Davidson's theoryp. 69
Davidson's theory in the cruciblep. 97
Thomas Aquinas's theoryp. 151
Aquinas's theory in the cruciblep. 195
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ISBN: 9780742535374
ISBN-10: 0742535371
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st January 2005
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 17.2  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.61