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Single Idea 22663

[catalogued under 18. Thought / A. Modes of Thought / 5. Rationality / a. Rationality]

Full Idea

The two themes permeating the philosophical literature are that rationality is a matter of reasons, or that rationality is a matter of reliability.

Gist of Idea

Rationality is normally said to concern either giving reasons, or reliability


Robert Nozick (The Nature of Rationality [1993], p.64)

Book Reference

Nozick,Robert: 'The Nature of Rationality' [Princeton 1995], p.64

A Reaction

Since a clock can be reliable, I would have thought it concerns reasons. Or an unthinking person could reliably recite truths from memory. There is also the instrumental view of rationality.

Related Idea

Idea 22662 In the instrumental view of rationality it only concerns means, and not ends [Nozick]