Engaging Reason: On the Theory of Value and Action

Paperback | November 15, 2001

byJoseph Raz

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Engaging Reason offers a penetrating examination of a set of fundamental questions about human thought and action. In these tightly argued and interconnected essays Joseph Raz examines the nature of normativity, reason, and the will; the justification of reason; and the objectivity of value.He argues for the centrality, but also demonstrates the limits, of reason in action and belief. He suggests that our life is most truly our own when our various emotions, hopes, desires, intentions, and actions are guided by reason. He explores the universality of value and of principles of reasonon one side, and on the other side their dependence on social practices, and their susceptibility to change and improvement. He concludes with an illuminating explanation of self-interest and its relation to impersonal values in general and to morality in particular.Joseph Raz has been since the 1970s a prominent, original, and widely admired contributor to the study of norms, values, and reasons, not just in philosophy but in political and legal theory. This volume displays the power and unity of his thought on these subjects, and will be essential readingfor all who work on them.

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Engaging Reason offers a penetrating examination of a set of fundamental questions about human thought and action. In these tightly argued and interconnected essays Joseph Raz examines the nature of normativity, reason, and the will; the justification of reason; and the objectivity of value.He argues for the centrality, but also demons...

Joseph Raz is Professor of the Philosophy of Law at the University of Oxford; and Visiting Professor of Jurisprudence at Columbia University, New York. Before becoming a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, in 1972 he was Senior Lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and an honorary foreign...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:November 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. When We Are Ourselves2. Agency, Reason and the Good3. Incommensurability and Agency4. Explaining Normativity: On Rationality and the Justification of Reason5. Explaining Normativity: Reason and the Will6. 6. Notes on Objectivity and Value7. Moral Change and Social Relativism8. Mixing Values9. The Value of Practice10. The Truth in Particularism11. The Moral Point of View12. The Amoralist13. The Central Conflict: Morality and Self-InterestIndex

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`Review from other book by this author Joseph Raz has been since the 1970s a prominent, original, and widely admired contributor to the study of norms, values, and reasons, not just in philosophy but in political and legal theory. This volume displays the power and unity of his thought onthese subjects, and will be essential reading for all who work on them .it deserves to be widely read and discussed. 'Jonathan Wolff, THES