Varieties of Practical Reasoning

ISBN-10: 0262632209
ISBN-13: 9780262632201
Edition: 2001
Authors: Elijah Millgram
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 8/17/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 504
Size: 6.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

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.

Elijah Millgram is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Utah.

Sources and Acknowledgements
Practical Reasoning: The Current State of Play
Humean Doubts about Categorical Imperatives
Instrumentalism
Internal and External Reasons, with Postscript
Williams' Argument against External Reasons
Skepticism about Practical Reason
Internalism, Practical Reason, and Motivation
The Protagoras: A Science of Practical Reasoning
Taking Plans Seriously
Moderation and Satisficing
Choosing Ends
Deliberation Is of Ends
Deliberation and Practical Reason
Consistency in Action
Pleasure in Practical Reasoning
How to Make Decisions: Coherence, Emotion, and Practical Inference
A Difficult Choice in Preference Theory: Rationality Implies Completeness or Transitivity but Not Both
The Idea of Perfection
Anscombe on Practical Inference
Action, Norms, and Practical Reasoning
Contributors
Index
Index of Examples

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