Natural Reasons

Natural Reasons : Personality and Polity

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This book is about rationality of decisions and actions: it illustrates the continuity of the philosophy of mind with ethics and jurisprudence. Dr Hurley brings Wittgenstein's and Davidson's arguments about interpretation to bear on decision theory, social choice theory and the theory of adjudication. In each of these contexts, her particular concern is to consider the differences and similarities between interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships, and between the resolution of conflicts between persons and the resolution of conflicts faced by individuals. This theme culminates in an examination of the relationship between the values of personal autonomy and those of more

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  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 35.56mm | 748.42g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • line illustrations throughout
  • 0195080122
  • 9780195080124
  • 1,480,178

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a brilliant, comprehensive and persuasive defence of the objectivity of values Donald Davidson, University of California, Berkeley Hurley's Natural Reasons seems to me a brilliant book. It shows, throughout a very powerful intelligence and great originality. Derek Parfit, All Souls College, Oxford The book's originality lies in the juxtaposition of familiar ideas from different fields and [Hurley's] care and scholarship are certainly impressive ... I applaud warmly. There is something to think about on every page and the book's ambition is inspiring. Martin Hollis, Philosophy "Natural Reasons offers an interesting, persuasive and suggestive line of argument. It will have an important place in the philosophical literature Philip Pettit, Philosophyshow more

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Revives a classical idea about rationality in a modern framework, by developing analogies between the structure of personality and the structure of society in the context of contemporary work in philosophy of mind, ethics, decision theory, and social science more

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