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The Quality of Life$
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Martha Nussbaum and Amartya Sen

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198287971

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198287976.001.0001

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Explanation and Practical Reason

Explanation and Practical Reason

(p.208) Explanation and Practical Reason
The Quality of Life

Charles Taylor

Oxford University Press

Taylor examines the forms of reasoning that people use when they argue that one way of life is better for human beings than another. Although such arguments always take place in a particular historical context and do not have the deductive structure that is associated with good scientific argument, they can nonetheless be perfectly reasonable, according to Taylor, and can succeed in showing that some ways of doing things are indeed better than others.

Keywords:   ad hominem practical reason, apodeictic practical reason, Aristotelianism, ethnocentrism, naturalism, subjectivism, utilitarianism

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