Talking to Our Selves: Reflection, Ignorance, and Agency

2015.11. : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John M. Doris, Talking to Our Selves: Reflection, Ignorance, and Agency, Oxford University Press, 2015, 264pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.11. : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John M. Doris, Talking to Our Selves: Reflection, Ignorance, and Agency, Oxford University Press, 2015, 264pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199570393. Reviewed by David Shoemaker, Tulane University It is a hoary stereotype that philosophers reflect all alone in torturous detail over the weight and role of each and every reason relevant to deep practical and theoretical matters. Whether or not this is an accurate portrait of many philosophers, it is at least true that many moral philosophers have advanced or assumed it as an ideal for human agents: Optimal human reasoning about what to do is a solitary matter, they say, and optimal human agency is a function of one's individual awareness of, reflection on, and endorsement of the best practical reasons. John M. Doris, in his charming and incisive new book, aims to erase (or at least scribble over) that picture, primarily by bringing to our attention a host of. . .

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