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Politics of Practical Reasoning: Integrating Action, Discourse, and Argument (Hardback)
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Politics of Practical Reasoning: Integrating Action, Discourse, and Argument (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 04/10/2012
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This book treats practical and political reasoning as an active engagement with the world and other people; it cannot be understood as exclusively cognitive and this is seen as a virtue rather than a deficiency. Informal, emotional, characterological, aesthetic and interactional aspects of thought can be constituents of reasonable arguing. The work examines key capacities connected with argumentation, in a variety of fields from professional and medical ethics to work organization and the practice of art.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739172261
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 612 g
Dimensions: 234 x 158 x 29 mm


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This impressive collection of essays exhibits the pragmatics of practical reasoning, as it is integrated into the rhetoric of political deliberation and argumentation. The work is historically informed: there are essays on Aristotle, the Stoics and Adam Smith, as well as on Descartes, Pascal and Rawls. The ramifications of this project - its attempts to contextualize the political implications of practical reasoning - range widely from biomedical ethics to Pollock's aesthetics. This book is a solid contribution to the growing literature on the moral and political dimensions of practical reason. -- Amelie Rorty, Boston University and Harvard Medical School
This book defends a unified conception of practical reason, while illuminating in different essays a range of topics such as meaningful work, artistic creation, embodied subjectivity, disability, and deliberation in public policy and in biomedical practice. The multi-layered and versatile character of practical reasoning is elucidated by substantive historical scholarship (on Aristotle and the Stoics, Aquinas, Kant and Adam Smith) and by expert engagement with contemporary phenomenological and analytical perspectives across ethics, rhetoric, aesthetics, political philosophy and theory of argumentation. Politics of Practical Reasoning splendidly furthers the recent renaissance in the philosophy of practice and will be enthusiastically recommended reading for all serious students of the field. -- Joseph Dunne, Cregan Professor of Philosophy and Education, Dublin City University, author of Back to the Rough Ground: Practical Judgment and the Lure of Technique

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