Practical Reason and the Structure of Actions

[Revised entry by Elijah Millgram on May 11, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] A wave of recent philosophical work on practical rationality is organized by the following implicit
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[Revised entry by Elijah Millgram on May 11, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] A wave of recent philosophical work on practical rationality is organized by the following implicit argument: Practical reasoning is figuring out what to do; to do is to act; so the forms of practical inference can be derived from the structure or features of action. Now it is not as though earlier work in analytic philosophy had failed to register the connection between action and practical rationality; in fact, practical reasoning was usually picked out as, roughly, reasoning directed toward action. But for much of the twentieth...

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