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From the Publisher"Robert Audi's new book is magisterial in tone and subject matter. It attempts nothing less than a unified account of reason. It displays his customary wisdom, restraint, and balanced judgement. And, like his other works, it is written impeccably, indeed elegantly."—Panayot Butchvarov, University of Iowa.
"Audi has produced a work of breathtakingly broad scope. He has given us a completely general theory of rationality—of belief, desires, action, and persons. By viewing these forms of rationality together he reveals surprising commonalities, and by integrating these diverse applications he enables each part of the scene to throw light on the others. On the one hand, the book provides meticulous and discriminating treatment of both familiar and new issues concerning belief, intrinsic and instrumental values, the relation of desire, belief, and action, and much more. But this is all carried out in the context of the larger scheme in which the particular problems are seen from the standpoint of the overarching account of rationality. This work will be the focus of discussions of rationality for some time to come." —William P. Alston, Syracuse University