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Practical reasoning is not just a matter of determining how to get what you want, but also how to work out want it is you want in the first place. This book argues that experience plays a central role in this process, and rejects the idea of instrumentalism, a view predominant among philosophers today. This idea holds that the goals of practical reasoning are basic in the sense that they are given by desires that are not themselves the product of practical reasoning. The book defends the "practical induction" view, a method of reasoning from experiences similar to theoretical induction.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674000735
ISBN-10: 0674000730
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 10mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 5-Aug-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Elijah Millgram

Elijah Millgram is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

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