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Reason in Action: Collected Essays Volume I

John Finnis


This book collects nineteen published and unpublished works presented here as chapters on practical reason. The first nine date from 1970 through to 2008. They include extended critiques of Hume's thesis that reason, being the slave of the passions, concerns means, not ultimate or intrinsically desirable and intelligible ends; of Christine Korsgaard's Kantian development of her successful critique of Hume; of Jürgen Habermas's theory of discourse ethics; of Bernard Williams's semi-Nietzschean theory of truth and its value; of Matthew Kramer's attempted refutation of the chapter showing the sel ... More

Keywords: practical reason, Hume, Kant, Habermas, self-refutation, Bernard Williams, Leo Strauss, incommensurability, freedom of speech

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199580057
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580057.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Finnis, author
Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy Emeritus at Oxford University and Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame
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