Book Chapter

Towards a Trajectory-Dependent Model of (Human) Rational Agency

K Jones, Karen Jones, François Schroeter

The Many Moral Rationalisms | Oxford University Press | Published : 2018

Abstract

This chapter addresses the question, “What is the role and authority of conscious deliberation and judgment in human rational agency?” Anti-rationalists claim that the rationalist account of its role and authority is mistaken: conscious deliberation and judgment plays a relatively small part in our practical lives, can be used in the service of rationalizing bullshit, and is not the only or necessarily the most reliable path of access to our reasons. Against the anti-rationalist, the chapter argues that their critique rests on an analogy between the authority of judgment and the authority of an expert, when the rationalist models judgment’s authority on that of a judge. Against the tradition..

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