Charles Taylor: Explanation and Practical Reason

Martha Nussbaum

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

  Charles Taylor: Explanation and Practical Reason

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Nussbaum agrees with Taylor's argument and explicates the significance of Taylor's work for the concerns and projects of development studies. She then adds two points to Taylor's analysis: one about the history of science and Taylor's historiography, which Nussbaum finds presented in a manner that seems simpler and more monolithic than it actually is; the other on moral psychology, where Nussbaum suggests that Taylor's account of reason needs to be supplemented with a picture of the connection between argument and motivation, and between reason and passion.

Keywords: historiography; history of science; moral psychology; motivation; passion; practical reason

Chapter.  5203 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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