Politics of Practical Reasoning : Integrating Action, Discourse, and Argument
This book treats practical and political reasoning as an active engagement with the world and other people; it cannot be understood as exclusively cognitive and this is seen as a virtue rather than a deficiency. Informal, emotional, characterological, aesthetic and interactional aspects of thought can be constituents of reasonable arguing. The work examines key capacities connected with argumentation, in a variety of fields from professional and medical ethics to work organization and the practice of art.
- Hardback | 320 pages
- 152.4 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 498.95g
- 04 Oct 2012
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
- 5 Tables, unspecified; 5 Illustrations, black and white
Table of contents
Introduction: Integrated Practical Reasoning Ricca Edmondson and Karlheinz Hulser Section 1. Fundamental Structures of Practical Reasoning Chapter 1: Aristotle's Political Anthropology Fran O'Rourke Chapter 2: Pragmatics and the Idea of the Illocutionary in Stoic Language Theory Karlheinz Hulser Chapter 3: Utrum gratitudo sit virtus moralis vel passio animae or: Gratitude-an Aristotelian Virtue or an Emotion? Thomas Nisters Chapter 4: Seeing Ourselves as Others See Us: The Place of Reason in Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments Gerard Casey Chapter 5: Reasons to Act and Practical Reasoning Thomas Gil Section 2. Developing Convincing Arguments Chapter 6: Practical Reasoning in Place: Tracing "Wise" Inferences in Everyday Life Ricca Edmondson Chapter 7: Toulmin's Rhetorical Logic Frank Canovan Chapter 8: Reason, Production, and Rival Visions of Working Life Keith Breen Chapter 9: Reasoning About Disability in the Light of Advances in Technology Richard Hull Chapter 10: Principles in Practice: Reasoning with Principles in Biomedical Ethics Heike Felzmann Section 3. Engagement for the Practical Unity of Life Chapter 11: The Theory of Double Truth Revisited Karsten Harries Chapter 12: Philosophia sine qua non: John Rawls' transcendental-political reflections Sebastian Lalla Chapter 13: Sceptical Wisdom: Descartes, Pascal and the Challenge of Pyrrhonism Felix O'Murchadha Chapter 14: Art as "Organizer" of Life: the Case of Jackson Pollock Elizabeth Langhorne Afterword: Signs, Bodies, Artworks Terry Eagleton
This impressive collection of essays exhibits the pragmatics of practical reasoning, as it is integrated into the rhetoric of political deliberation and argumentation. The work is historically informed: there are essays on Aristotle, the Stoics and Adam Smith, as well as on Descartes, Pascal and Rawls. The ramifications of this project - its attempts to contextualize the political implications of practical reasoning - range widely from biomedical ethics to Pollock's aesthetics. This book is a solid contribution to the growing literature on the moral and political dimensions of practical reason. -- Amelie Rorty, Boston University and Harvard Medical School This book defends a unified conception of practical reason, while illuminating in different essays a range of topics such as meaningful work, artistic creation, embodied subjectivity, disability, and deliberation in public policy and in biomedical practice. The multi-layered and versatile character of practical reasoning is elucidated by substantive historical scholarship (on Aristotle and the Stoics, Aquinas, Kant and Adam Smith) and by expert engagement with contemporary phenomenological and analytical perspectives across ethics, rhetoric, aesthetics, political philosophy and theory of argumentation. Politics of Practical Reasoning splendidly furthers the recent renaissance in the philosophy of practice and will be enthusiastically recommended reading for all serious students of the field. -- Joseph Dunne, Cregan Professor of Philosophy and Education, Dublin City University, author of Back to the Rough Ground: Practical Judgment and the Lure of Technique
About Karlheinz Hülser
Ricca Edmondson is a lecturer in the School of Political Science and Sociology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Karlheinz Hulser is professor of ancient philosophy at the Universities of Jena and Konstanz.