The Architecture of Reason: The Structure and Substance of Rationality

Paperback | August 15, 2002

byRobert Audi

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The literature on theoretical reason has been dominated by epistemological concerns, treatments of practical reason by ethical concerns. This book overcomes the limitations of dealing with each separately. It sets out a comprehensive theory of rationality applicable to both practical andtheoretical reason. In both domains, Audi explains how experience grounds rationality, delineates the structure of central elements, and attacks the egocentric conception of rationality. He establishes the rationality of altruism and thereby supports major moral principles. The concluding partdescribes the pluralism and relativity his conception of rationality accommodates and, taking the unified account of theoretical and practical rationality in that light, constructs a theory of global rationality--the overall rationality of persons. Rich in narrative examples, intriguing analogies,and intuitively appealing arguments, this beautifully crafted book will spur advances in ethics and epistemology as well in philosophy of mind and action and the theory of rationality itself.

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The literature on theoretical reason has been dominated by epistemological concerns, treatments of practical reason by ethical concerns. This book overcomes the limitations of dealing with each separately. It sets out a comprehensive theory of rationality applicable to both practical andtheoretical reason. In both domains, Audi explain...

Robert Audi is Charles J. Mach Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, University of Nebraska, Lincoln. His books include The Structure of Justification (1993), Action, Intention, and Reason (1993), Moral Knowledge and Ethical Character (Oxford, 1997) and The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy (2nd Ed., 1999).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.79 inPublished:August 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"Audi has produced a work of breathtakingly broad scope. He has given us a completely general theory of rationality--of belief, desires, action, and persons. By viewing these forms of rationality together he reveals surprising commonalities, and by integrating these diverse applications heenables each part of the scene to throw light on the others. On the one hand, the book provides meticulous and discriminating treatment of both familiar and new issues concerning belief, intrinsic and instrumental values, the relation of desire, belief, and action, and much more. But this is allcarried out in the context of the larger scheme in which the particular problems are seen from the standpoint of the overarching account of rationality. This work will be the focus of discussions of rationality for some time to come." --William P. Alston, Syracuse University