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The Value of Rationality

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2018.08.07 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ralph Wedgwood, The Value of Rationality, Oxford University Press, 2017, 256pp., $40.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198802693. Reviewed by Ali Hasan, University of Iowa Ralph Wedgwood’s book is the first installment of a trilogy, to be followed by The Rationality of Belief and The Rationality of Choice. It is a rich volume that offers an ambitious, general theory of rationality and its value. On Wedgwood’s view, rationality is a matter of coherence, in a broad sense that includes not only relations between beliefs or credences, but also between other sorts of mental states or mental events, e.g., between beliefs and sensory experiences. Rationality is a value. It is distinct from other sorts of values or norms at least in that it is an internal standard — rationality supervenes on what is in the mind — and a constitutive standard: “all thinkers have at least... Read More

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