Practical Reason

[Revised entry by R. Jay Wallace on March 26, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Practical reason is the general human capacity for resolving, through reflection, the question of what one
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[Revised entry by R. Jay Wallace on March 26, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Practical reason is the general human capacity for resolving, through reflection, the question of what one is to do. Deliberation of this kind is practical in at least two senses. First, it is practical in its subject matter, insofar as it is concerned with action. But it is also practical in its consequences or its issue, insofar as reflection about action itself directly moves people to act. Our capacity for...

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