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Practical Tortoise Raisingand other philosophical essays$
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Simon Blackburn

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199548057

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548057.001.0001

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Practical Tortoise Raising

Practical Tortoise Raising

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Practical Tortoise Raising

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This chapter is modelled upon Lewis Carroll's famous chapter published in Mind in 1895. It unfolds a dialogue between the tortoise, representing a Humean approach to practical reasoning, and Achilles who believes that reason takes us all the way. The tortoise rebuts game-theoretic, Kantian, and Aristotelian versions of rationalism.

Keywords:   tortoise, Achilles, rationalism, game theory, Kant, practical reason

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