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Varieties of Practical Reasoning : Bradford Books - Elijah Millgram

Varieties of Practical Reasoning

Bradford Books

By: Elijah Millgram (Editor)

Paperback Published: 17th August 2001
ISBN: 9780262632201
Number Of Pages: 504
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Practical reasoning is the study of how to figure out what to do. It is of particular importance to ethics. Indeed, new developments in practical reasoning promise to break through long-standing ethical and moral dilemmas. Practical reasoning also has consequences for philosophy of mind, value theory, and the social sciences. This anthology provides an overview of this important area of philosophy.Over the past two decades the field of practical reasoning has changed rapidly, with a small number of entrenched positions giving way to a healthy profusion of competing views. This book covers a broad spectrum of positions on practical reasoning--from the nihilist view that there are no legitimate forms of practical inference, and hence no such thing as practical reasoning, to inferential expressivism, which holds that our desires express commitments to arbitrarily different kinds of practical inferences (as when the desire to stay dry makes explicit the commitment to inferring the need to carry an umbrella if rain is forecast). Underlying all the contributions is the question of how one should go about determining what the legitimate forms of practical reasoning are.

"This is an outstanding introduction to a central topic in philosophy. For the first time, many of the most influential recent essays on practical reasoning have been collected together in a single volume. With an excellent synoptic introduction and additional new essays, this volume presents a coherent, accessible account of the current debate over the role that reason plays (or does not play) in the genesis of human action. This debate is not only fascinating in its own right; it also has significant implications for our understanding of ethics, value, the mind, and the will."--Sarah Buss, Department of Philosophy, University of IowaPlease note: Arrived too late for the jacket. Endorser gives permission to excerpt from quote.

Sources and Acknowledgements
Practical Reasoning: The Current State of Playp. 1
Humean Doubts about Categorical Imperativesp. 27
Instrumentalismp. 49
Internal and External Reasons, with Postscriptp. 77
Williams' Argument against External Reasonsp. 99
Skepticism about Practical Reasonp. 103
Internalism, Practical Reason, and Motivationp. 127
The Protagoras: A Science of Practical Reasoningp. 153
Taking Plans Seriouslyp. 203
Moderation and Satisficingp. 221
Choosing Endsp. 237
Deliberation Is of Endsp. 259
Deliberation and Practical Reasonp. 279
Consistency in Actionp. 301
Pleasure in Practical Reasoningp. 331
How to Make Decisions: Coherence, Emotion, and Practical Inferencep. 355
A Difficult Choice in Preference Theory: Rationality Implies Completeness or Transitivity but Not Bothp. 373
The Idea of Perfectionp. 403
Anscombe on Practical Inferencep. 437
Action, Norms, and Practical Reasoningp. 465
Contributorsp. 481
Indexp. 485
Index of Examplesp. 489
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ISBN: 9780262632201
ISBN-10: 0262632209
Series: Bradford Books
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 504
Published: 17th August 2001
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.78

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