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Self-Trust and the Loop of Reason

Keith Lehrer

in Self-Trust

Published in print January 1997 | ISBN: 9780198236658
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679322 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236658.003.0001
Self-Trust and the Loop of Reason

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This chapter proposes a conception of reason grounded upon self-trust and individual evaluation of social norms. It argues that consensus is based on the aggregation of individual evaluation, just as individual evaluation is based on the aggregated consensus of the group. It offers a model of aggregation to explain how. It begins with the individual, conceding the social influence of thought and evaluation, because all individuals, however shaped and formed by others, must also decide for themselves what they accept and prefer.

Keywords: reason; evaluation; self-trust; social norms

Chapter.  7608 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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