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Rules, Reasons, and Norms

Philip Pettit


The essays selected here come in three packages. The first set of essays is concerned with the rule‐following, response‐dependent character of thought; the second, with the many factors to which choice is rationally responsive—and by reference to which choice can be explained—consistently being under the control of such reason‐giving thought; and the third, with the implications of this multiple sensitivity for how best to regulate human institutions with a view to securing a desirable normative order.

Keywords: choice, explanation, institutions, normativity, Philip Pettit, philosophy of mind, rationality, reason, regulation, response‐dependence, rule‐following, thought

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199251872
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199251878.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Pettit, author
Professor of Politics, Princeton University
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