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Rational Powers in Action: Instrumental Rationality and Extended Agency

Sergio Tenenbaum


Human actions unfold over time, in pursuit of ends that are not fully specified in advance. Rational Powers in Action locates these features of the human condition at the heart of a new theory of instrumental rationality. Where many theories of rational agency focus on instantaneous choices between sharply defined outcomes, treating the temporally extended and partially open-ended character of action as an afterthought, this book argues that the deep structure of instrumental rationality can only be understood if we see how it governs the pursuit of long-term, indeterminate ends. These are end ... More

Keywords: practical rationality, instrumental rationality, extended action, rational agency, intention, decision theory, preferences, practical reasoning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198851486
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198851486.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sergio Tenenbaum, author
Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto