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    DescriptionPhilip Pettit has drawn together here a series of interconnected essays on three subjects to which he has made notable contributions. The first part of the book deals with the rule-following character of thought. The second discusses the many factors to which choice is rationally responsive - and by reference to which choice can be explained - consistently with being under the control of thought. The third examines the implications of this multiple sensitivity for the normative regulation of social affairs. Thus the volume covers a large swathe of territory, ranging from metaphysics to philosophical psychology to the theory of rational regulation. The connections that Pettit makes between these areas are original and illuminating. Each part of the book develops a key theme. The first is that thought succeeds in following rules - and overcomes Wittgenstein's rule-following problem - so far as it is response-dependent; it is a sort of enterprise that is accessible only to creatures like us for whom certain responses are primitive and shared. The second is that while human choice may be sensitive to discursive reasons, as we would expect in a thinking subject, it can at the same time be subject to the control - the virtual control, in the model developed here - of rational self-interest. And the third is that the rational interest of agents in achieving esteem in the eyes of others, and in avoiding disesteem, exercises a virtual form of control that can explain the emergence of norms and various other aspects of social life.

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    Rules, Reasons and Norms
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    By (author) Philip Pettit
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 424
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 237 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 608 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199251872
    ISBN 10: 0199251878

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    Oxford University Press
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    13 February 2003
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    Philip Pettit teaches political theory and philosophy at Princeton, where he is Professor of Politics. He moved to Princeton in 2002 from the Australian National University.
    Table of contents
    I.0 MY CLAIMS ABOUT THOUGHT ; I.1 The Reality of Rule-following ; I.2 Realism and Response-dependence ; I.3 Noumenalism and Response-dependence ; I.4 Defining and Defending Social Holism ; I.5 A Theory of Normal and Ideal Conditions ; II.0 MY CLAIMS ABOUT CHOICE ; II.1 Three Aspects of Rational Explanation ; II.2 Decision Theory and Folk Psychology ; II.3 The Virtual Reality of Homo Economicus ; II.4 Functional Explanation and Virtual Selection ; II.5 The Capacity to Have Done Otherwise ; III.0 MY CLAIMS ABOUT REGULATION ; III.1 Rational Choice Regulation: Two Strategies ; III.2 Virtus Normativa: Rational Choice Perspectives ; III.3 The Cunning of Trust ; III.4 Enfranchising Silence ; III.5 Instituting a Research Ethic: Chilling And Cautionary Tales