Rationality and Its Vicissitudes

Robert C. Solomon

in The Joy of Philosophy

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195165401
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199870103 | DOI:
Rationality and Its Vicissitudes

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Rationality has been under attack. One of the reasons is its seeming denial or neglect of non‐Western cultures. There is also a strong pretense of rationality, evident, for instance, in the rejection of “instrumental rationality.” But recognizing cultural differences with respect to rationality does not mean embracing “relativism.” Rationality has been perverted in modern thinking, as “smart selfishness,” knowing the most efficient means to the ends of self‐interest. Rationality is ultimately the rationality of the emotions.

Keywords: instrumental rationality; Nozick; rationality; rationality of emotions; relativism; selfishness

Chapter.  11362 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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