Rationality: An Essay Towards an Analysis

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Hackett Publishing, 1989 - Philosophy - 123 pages
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"In the years since I first read Bennett's brilliant philosophical parable, it has often struck me as incredible that it never became part of the canon of what came to be known . . . as the Language of Thought. Bennett begins, like Mandeville, with honeybees . . . and he takes the reader step by compelling step across the distance that the bees would have to traverse to come abreast of us. The book in my view is a philosophical classic." -- Arthur Danto, Columbia University
 

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Contents

Regular versus Ruleguided
8
The Assessment of Evidence
21
Fake Intelligence and Frozen
32
Language and Intelligence
42
Reasons
49
Acting upon Rdenials
59
Challenging Rdenials
67
Present and Particular versus Past
79
Rationality and Language
86
The Describer
93
Insight
101
Index
121
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About the author (1989)

Jonathan Bennett, who now lives on an island near Vancouver, BC, was formerly Lecturer in Moral Science at the University of Cambridge, and Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia and then at Syracuse University. He has held visiting positions at Cornell, Michigan, Pittsburgh,
and Princeton, and has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and a visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. He is Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the British Academy.

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