Explanation and Practical Reason

Charles Taylor

in The Quality of Life

Published in print March 1993 | ISBN: 9780198287971
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596704 | DOI:

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

 Explanation and Practical Reason

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Taylor examines the forms of reasoning that people use when they argue that one way of life is better for human beings than another. Although such arguments always take place in a particular historical context and do not have the deductive structure that is associated with good scientific argument, they can nonetheless be perfectly reasonable, according to Taylor, and can succeed in showing that some ways of doing things are indeed better than others.

Keywords: ad hominem practical reason; apodeictic practical reason; Aristotelianism; ethnocentrism; naturalism; subjectivism; utilitarianism

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Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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