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The Retreat of ReasonA dilemma in the philosophy of life$
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Ingmar Persson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276905

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199276900.001.0001

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PRUDENCE: MAXIMIZATION OR IDEALISM?

PRUDENCE: MAXIMIZATION OR IDEALISM?

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(p.336) 26 PRUDENCE: MAXIMIZATION OR IDEALISM?
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The Retreat of Reason
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DOI:10.1093/0199276900.003.0027

This chapter argues that in the realm of prudence, we are not rationally required to maximize the desire-fulfilment of our lives. It is not irrational to adopt ideals, such as the rationalist ideal of leading a life in the light of reason, though this is in opposition to the maximization of fulfilment of one’s life. Arguments to the contrary by R. M. Hare, Thomas Nagel and John Rawls are examined and rejected.

Keywords:   R. M. Hare, ideals, maximization of fulfilment, Thomas Nagel, prudence, John Rawls

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