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The Normativity of Rationality

Benjamin Kiesewetter


Sometimes our intentions and beliefs exhibit a structure that proves us to be irrational. Is there anything wrong with that? Should we be rational rather than irrational? This is the question that this book seeks to answer. Intuitively, the answer to this question is ‘yes’. Calling someone irrational amounts to a form of criticism. By doing so, we seem to imply that the person in question has made some kind of mistake, that her mental attitudes are in need of revision. Ordinary attributions of irrationality thus seem to presuppose that rationality is normative. This understanding is also impli ... More

Keywords: normativity of rationality, rational requirements, reasons, structural irrationality, deliberation, normativity, rationality, irrationality, advice, criticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198754282
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198754282.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin Kiesewetter, author
Humboldt University of Berlin