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The Retreat of Reason: A dilemma in the philosophy of life

Ingmar Persson


In ancient Greece, philosophy was mainly concerned with guidance on how to live our lives, a philosophy of life. It was then typically assumed that a life in accordance with reason, a rational life, would also be the happiest or most fulfilling life. This book resumes this project, which has been largely neglected in contemporary philosophy. It tries to show, however, that the aim of leading a rational life is at odds not only with the aim of leading the most fulfilling life, but also with the moral aims of leading the life which best promotes the maximization of fulfilment of all or the maxim ... More

Keywords: desert, fulfilment-maximization, just distribution, personal identity, philosophy of life, rationality, rational life, reason, responsibility, temporal biases

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199276905
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199276900.001.0001


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Ingmar Persson, author
University of Lund, Sweden
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PART I The Nature of Para-cognitive Attitudes

PART II Reason and Value