Aspects of Reason

Aspects of Reason

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Reasons and reasoning were central to the work of Paul Grice, one of the
most influential and admired philosophers of the late twentieth century. In
the John Locke Lectures that Grice delivered in Oxford at the end of the
1970s, he set out his fundamental thoughts about these topics; Aspects of
Reason is the long-awaited publication of those lectures.

The focal point is an investigation of practical necessity (the necessity of
'I must not torture' or 'I must go to law school' for example). Grice
contends that practical necessities are established by derivation; they are
necessary because they are derivable. Aspects of Reason sets this claim in
the context of an account of reasons and reasoning. This allows Grice to
defend his treatment of necessity against obvious objections, also revealing
how the construction of explicit derivations can play a central role in
explaining as well as justifying thought and action. Grice was still working
on Aspects of Reason during the last years of his life; unpolished as it is,
the book provides an intimate glimpse into the workings of his mind. This
rich and subtle work, powerfully evocative of its author, will refresh and
illuminate many areas of contemporary philosophy.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 139 x 215 x 10mm | 225g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199278431
  • 9780199278435
  • 1,385,621

Table of contents

Introduction: Grice on Reasons and Rationality ; Proem ; 1. Reasons and Reasoning ; 2. Reason and Reasons ; 3. Practical and Alethic Reasoning (I) ; 4. Practical and Alethic Reasoning (2) ; 5. Some Reflections about Ends and Happiness ; Index
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Review quote

Review from previous edition Deserves to be studied by anyone who is interested in the nature of reason. * Krister Bykvist, Times Literary Supplement * In both the details and his grander visions, Grice presents us with many original ideas which will be of substantial interest independently of the use to which he puts them ... The issues it addresses are foundational to the philosophy of language and mind, and Grice's brilliance with ordinary language makes substantial advances towards the problems therein. * Kent Johnson, Australasian Journal of Philosophy *
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About Paul Grice

Paul Grice (1913-1988) was Fellow of St John's College, and, until his retirement in 1980, Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. Richard Warner is Professor of Philosophy at Chicago-Kent College of Law.
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