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Rationality + Consciousness = Free Will$
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David Hodgson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199845309

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199845309.001.0001

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Truth and Rationality

Truth and Rationality

(p.20) 2 Truth and Rationality
Rationality + Consciousness = Free Will

David Hodgson

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 begins with a short discussion of truth. A central aim of the book is to arrive at and justify true beliefs about free will and responsibility, on the way to achieving some understanding of these matters; so it is important to make explicit my conception of what counts as truth. And then I address some general considerations concerning rationality. I consider some critiques of human rationality, and I contend that rationality, although fallible, is presupposed in any intellectual undertaking.

Keywords:   truth, correspondence, reality, meaning, relativistic views, scientific method, human rationality, fallible, necessary

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