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Reason's NeglectRationality and Organizing$
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Barbara Townley

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199298358

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199298358.001.0001

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Practical reason

Practical reason

(p.206) 10 Practical reason
Reason's Neglect

Barbara Townley

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that practical reason is the ability to retain the disembedded, embedded, and embodied dimensions of rationality and to incorporate or distil them into a unified understanding or picture. It is to be able to hold and see the interrelationships between all the dimensions of that with which there is engagement, the ability to see in the abstract the concrete and vice versa. It is informed by the knowledge of all subject positions — the disembedded, embedded, and embodied — to give a fully rounded interpretation of what suitable action should be. It is the combination of the disembedded ‘knowing that’, the epistemic knowledge that guides us, with the contextual awareness of knowing how, a grounded awareness. It is ‘knowing how’, based on distilled reflective judgement of experience guided by a consideration of general principles.

Keywords:   rationality, epistemic knowledge, reasoning

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