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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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