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Vindicating the Normativity of Rationality

Southwood, Nicholas


I argue that the why be rational? challenge raised by John Broome and Niko Kolodny rests upon a mistake that is analogous to the mistake that H.A. Pritchard famously claimed beset the 'why be moral?' challenge. The failure to locate an independent justification for obeying rational requirements should do nothing whatsoever to undermine our belief in the normativity of rationality. I suggest that we should conceive of the demand for a satisfactory vindicating explanation of the normativity of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Ethics: an International journal of social, political and legal philosophy
DOI: 10.1086/592586


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