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Rationality and Irrationality

Bernard Gert

in Morality

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780195176896
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835300 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195176898.003.0002
 Rationality and Irrationality

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This chapter provides an account of rationality and irrationality as the fundamental normative concepts, with irrationality being the more basic. It provides accounts of irrational beliefs and desires, and shows that the irrationality of both of these is derived from the concept of an irrational action. It examines Hume’s account of irrational action and its successors, the maximum satisfaction of desires account, and the “cool moment view,” showing all to be inadequate.

Keywords: rationality; irrationality; beliefs; actions; David Hume; maximum satisfaction; desires; cool moment

Chapter.  15573 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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