Question about Rationality - Charles Taliaferro responds

I was always wondering, is it possible to deliberately chose to be irrational ? Response from: Charles Taliaferro Great question. There seem to be cases when a person might rationally chose to
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I was always wondering, is it possible to deliberately chose to be irrational ? Response from: Charles Taliaferro Great question. There seem to be cases when a person might rationally chose to act irrationally --as occurs in Shakespeare's play Hamlet when the main character, Hamlet, acts as though he is mad to confuse his father-in-law (and, it turns out, the murderer of Hamlet's father) and this buys Hamlet more time in his contemplating how to avenge his father's death. I believe that USA President Nixon --and I am sure some other world leaders- sought to project to potential enemy states that he was capable of being irrational. There also seem to be cases of when persons deliberately put themselves into states of mind in which rationality goes out the window, as when a person deliberately becomes heavily intoxicated or allows their passions to be so completely unedited that they are in an 'anything goes' mode. Apart from such cases, there may be a different, more paradoxical. . .

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