Practical Reasoning and Ethical Decision

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What role does reason play in our actions? How do we know whether what we do is right? Can practical reasoning guide ethical judgment? Practical Reasoning and Ethical Decision presents an account of practical reasoning as a process that can explain action, connect reasoning with intention, justify practical judgments, and provide a basis for ethical decisions.

The first part of the book is a detailed critical overview of the influential theories of practical reasoning found in ...

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Overview

What role does reason play in our actions? How do we know whether what we do is right? Can practical reasoning guide ethical judgment? Practical Reasoning and Ethical Decision presents an account of practical reasoning as a process that can explain action, connect reasoning with intention, justify practical judgments, and provide a basis for ethical decisions.

The first part of the book is a detailed critical overview of the influential theories of practical reasoning found in Aristotle, Hume, and Kant. The second part examines practical reasoning in the light of important topics in moral psychology - weakness of will, self-deception, rationalization, and others. The third part describes the role of moral principles in practical reasoning and clarifies the way practical reasoning underlies ethical decisions. Audi formulates a comprehensive set of concrete ethical principles, explains how they apply to reasoning about what to do, and shows how practical reasoning guides moral conduct. Practical Reasoning and Ethical Decision provides the most comprehensive account of the topic in the current literature and is essential reading for anyone interested in the role of reason in ethics or the nature of human action.

About the Author:
Robert Audi is the David E. Gallo Chair in Ethics and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415364621
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/19/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Aristotle on practical reasoning and the structure of action 13
2 Hume and the instrumentalist conception of practical reasoning 37
3 Kant and the autonomy of practical reason 57
4 The varieties and basic elements of practical reasoning 81
5 Practical reasoning and intentional action 105
6 Practical reasoning in the dynamics of action 122
7 The assessment of practical reasoning 139
8 General principles of practical appraisal 158
9 Practical reasoning and moral judgment 172
10 Practical reasoning in ethical decisions 187
11 The rationality of action and the plurality of value 200
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