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Daniel David, Steven Lynn, and Albert Ellis

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182231

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182231.001.0001

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Rational and Irrational Beliefs from an Evolutionary Perspective

Rational and Irrational Beliefs from an Evolutionary Perspective

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(p.63) 4 Rational and Irrational Beliefs from an Evolutionary Perspective
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Rational and Irrational Beliefs
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David Sloan Wilson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182231.003.0004

This chapter examines the relationship between factual and practical rationality from an evolutionary perspective. Among its arguments are that rationality cannot be defined, at the outset, as both factually and practically rational, and that factual rationalism contributes to practical rationalism only under certain conditions.

Keywords:   factual rationality, practical rationality, evolution, definition

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