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The Importance of Being Rational

Errol Lord


The Importance of Being Rational systematically defends a novel reasons-based account of rationality. The book’s central thesis is that what it is for one to be rational is to correctly respond to the normative reasons one possesses. The book defends novel views about what it is to possess reasons and what it is to correctly respond to reasons. It is shown that these views not only help to support the book’s main thesis, they also help to resolve several important problems that are independent of rationality. The account of possession provides novel contributions to debates about what determin ... More

Keywords: rationality, normative reasons, possessed reasons, reacting for reasons, New Evil Demon problem, ‘normativity’ of rationality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198815099
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198815099.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Errol Lord, author
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennslyvania