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Practical Shape: A Theory of Practical Reasoning

Jonathan Dancy


This book offers a theory of practical reasoning which is Aristotelian in spirit, since it maintains that one can reason to action in very much the same ways as those in which one can reason to belief. But the book gives its own, non-Aristotelian account of what those ways are; the practical syllogism hardly appears at all. Instead, there are accounts of reasons as considerations favouring a certain response, and of other ways in which considerations can be relevant to that response. Practical reasoning involves the attempt to see how the different relevant considerations come together to favo ... More

Keywords: practical reasoning, theoretical reasoning, reasons, shape, instrumental reasoning, favouring

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198805441
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198805441.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Dancy, author
Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin