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Fitting Things Together: Coherence and the Demands of Structural Rationality

Alex Worsnip


Some combinations of attitudes—beliefs, credences, intentions, preferences, hopes, fears, and so on—don’t fit together right: they are incoherent. A natural idea is that there is a class of rational requirements—the requirements of structural rationality—that forbid these incoherent states. Yet there are surprisingly deep challenges that arise for this natural idea. First, there are challenges about how these requirements relate to “substantive” rational requirements that require us to have attitudes that are supported by good reasons. Second, there are challenges about what, if anything, unif ... More

Keywords: coherence, incoherence, rationality, irrationality, structural rationality, structural irrationality, reasons, epistemology, metaethics, dualism about rationality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197608142
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197608142.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alex Worsnip, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill