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Aspects of Reason

Paul Grice and Richard Warner


This book, based on Grice's 1979 Locke Lectures at Oxford and published posthumously, elaborates the notions of reasons, reasoning, and rationality, with particular emphasis on the unity of practical and non‐practical (‘alethic’) reasoning. It begins with a look at the nature of ordinary reasoning and distinguishes between ‘flat rationality’, the formal capacity to apply inferential rules, and ‘variable rationality’, the excellence or competence of good reasoning (Ch. 1). Grice then proposes an ‘Equivocality Thesis’, arguing that a structural representation can be given for justificatory (norm ... More

Keywords: alethic, ends, equivocality, Paul Grice, happiness, modals, practical reasoning, rationality, reasoning, reasons

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198242529
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198242522.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Grice, author
late Fellow of St John's College, Oxford, and former Professor of Philosophy

Richard Warner, editor
Chicago-Kent College of Law

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