The Importance of Being Rational

ISBN : 9780198815099

Errol Lord
288 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Jun 2018
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Errol Lord offers a new account of the nature of rationality. His central thesis is that what it is for one to be rational is to correctly respond to the normative reasons one possesses. Lord defends novel views about what it is to possess reasons and what it is to correctly respond to reasons. He shows that these views not only help to support the book's main thesis, they also help to resolve several important problems that are independent of rationality. And Lord's account of rationality can solve two difficult problems about rationality. The first is the New Evil Demon problem. The book argues that the account has the resources to show that internal duplicates necessarily have the same rational status. The second problem concerns the deontic significance of rationality. Recently it has been doubted whether we ought to be rational. The ultimate conclusion of the book is that the requirements of rationality are the requirements that we ultimately ought to comply with. If this is right,


Part I: Initial Motivations
1 Introduction
2 The Coherent and the Rational
Part II: Possessing Reasons
3 Possession: The Epistemic Condition
4 Possession: The Practical Condition
Part III: Correctly Responding to Reasons
5 Correctly Responding to Reasons
6 Achievements and Intelligibility
Part IV: Two Problems Solved
7 Defeating the Externalist's Demons
8 What you're Rationally Required to Do and What you Ought to Do

About the author: 

Errol Lord is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. He works in ethical theory, epistemology, the philosophy of action, and aesthetics. He has published papers in Mind, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Oxford Studies in Metaethics, and British Journal of Aesthetics, among other places. He co-edited Weighing Reasons (OUP, 2016) with Barry Maguire.

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