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Rationality in Action (Jean Nicod Lectures)

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The study of rationality and practical reason, or rationality in action, has been central to Western intellectual culture. In this invigorating book, John Searle lays out six claims of what he calls the Classical Model of rationality and shows why they are false. He then presents an alternative theory of the role of rationality in thought and action.

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Published January 24th 2003 by MIT Press (MA) (first published 2001)
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Dec 16, 2012 Tom rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. I think that, at the psychological and linguistic level, Searle's account of rationality is mostly correct. The problems start to arise when he argues what his conception of rationality entails. For example, he claims that it entails a non-Humean notion of the self (that is, some irreducible construct as opposed to a bundle of emotions, states, memories, etc.). Now, maybe upon closer scrutiny that really would be the case, that his conception of rationality does indeed entail an ...more
Oct 25, 2011 Shawn rated it liked it
Are there external reasons for action? Do we have free will? Searle answers the first question affirmatively but fails to provide justification that doesn't rely on question begging and intuition mongering and he doesn't provide an answer to the second question at all. He needs both external reasons and free will for the account of practical reason he defends in this book, but because he doesn't really have them the whole thing stands on rather shaky ground. Searle's version of practical reason ...more
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Apr 28, 2011 Bill Lalonde rated it it was amazing
An excellent, well-reasoned book. Searle won me over on desire-independent reasons, although I'm not entirely convinced of his reasoning when he talks of how ought can derive from is. Anyhow, if you have an interest in a sharp mind dissecting how we think of rationality, intentions, and free will, this book is a must-read.
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John Rogers Searle (born July 31, 1932 in Denver, Colorado) is an American philosopher and the Slusser Professor of Philosophy and Mills Professor of Philosophy of Mind and Language at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley). Widely noted for his contributions to the philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and social philosophy, he was the first tenured professor to join the Free ...more
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