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The Nature of rationality

Author: Robert Nozick
Publisher: Princeton (N.J.) : Princeton University Press, ©1995.
Series: Princeton paperbacks.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

Offers a theory of rationality, the one characteristic deemed to fix humanity's "specialness." This book combines speculations with investigations to portray the nature and status of rationality and  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Nozick
ISBN: 0691020965 9780691020969
OCLC Number: 807552263
Description: XVI, 226 p.
Contents: AcknowledgmentsIntroductionIHow to Do Things with Principles3Intellectual Functions3Interpersonal Functions9Personal Functions12Overcoming Temptation14Sunk Costs21Symbolic Utility26Teleological Devices35IIDecision-Value41Newcomb's Problem41Prisoner's Dilemma50Finer Distinctions: Consequences and Goals59IIIRational Belief64Cognitive Goals67Responsiveness to Reasons71Rules of Rationality75Belief93Bias100IVEvolutionary Reasons107Reasons and Facts107Fitness and Function114Rationality's Function119VInstrumental Rationality and Its Limits133Is Instrumental Rationality Enough?133Rational Preferences139Testability, Interpretation, and Conditionalization151Philosophical Heuristics163Rationality's Imagination172Notes183Subject Index219Index of Names224
Series Title: Princeton paperbacks.
Responsibility: Robert Nozick.


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"Robert Nozick's brief, vivid, energetic, intensely personal and enviably clever book attacks head-on the question of what rationality really is."--John Dunn, The Times Higher Education Supplement Read more...

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