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As If: Idealization and Ideals

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2018.04.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Kwame Anthony Appiah, As If: Idealization and Ideals, Harvard University Press, 2017, 218 pp., $27.95, ISBN 9780674975002. Reviewed by Thomas Kelly, Princeton University The topic of the latest stimulating book from Kwame Anthony Appiah is idealization: the kind of thing that we do when we theorize about human beings as though they were perfectly rational expected utility maximizers, or when we offer physical explanations that treat smooth surfaces as though they were frictionless -- all while knowing full well that human being are not perfectly rational expected utility maximizers, and that no actual surface is frictionless. The book grew out of a series of three Carus Lectures that Appiah delivered at the 2013 Eastern Division Meetings of the American Philosophical Association. As one would expect of a book based on public lectures intended for a general philosophical audience, it is... Read. . .

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