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Reasons Without Rationalism
Modern philosophy has been vexed by the question "Why should I be moral?" and by doubts about the rational authority of moral virtue. In "Reasons without Rationalism," Kieran Setiya shows that these doubts rest on a mistake. The "should" of practical reason cannot be understood apart from the virtues of character, including such moral virtues as justice and benevolence, an ...more
Hardcover, 131 pages
Published January 22nd 2007 by Princeton University Press
(first published January 2nd 2007)
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I first read this book as part of a college philosophy course, and it took us the entire semester to cover the 120 pages in detail. Given its subject, the ideas are appropriately dense, but Setiya's clear outline of his project, simple language and frequent use of everyday examples make the going a little bit easier. In brief, Setiya argues against the common ethical claim that agents always act for what they take to be good reasons. In doing so, he show that good practical thought is synonymous ...more