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What is it to be a rational agent?

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What is it to be a rational agent? The orthodox answer to this question can be summarized by a slogan: Rationality is a matter of recognizing and responding to reasons. But is the orthodoxy correct? In this chapter, I explore an alternative way of thinking about what it is to be a rational agent according to which a central activity of rational agency is the creation of reasons. I explain how the idea of metaphysical grounding can help make sense of the idea that as rational agents, we can, q...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.4324/9780429266768

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Law
Sub department:
Law Faculty
Oxford college:
University College
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-2207-7792

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Law
Sub department:
Law Faculty
Oxford college:
University College
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Editor
Role:
Editor
Publisher:
Routledge
Series:
The Routledge Handbook of Practical Reason
Pages:
95-109
Place of publication:
London
Publication date:
2020-12-30
Acceptance date:
2020-09-01
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9780429266768
ISBN:
9781138195929
Language:
English
Pubs id:
1131317
Local pid:
pubs:1131317
Deposit date:
2020-09-09

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