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Planning, Time, and Self-GovernanceEssays in Practical Rationality$
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Michael E. Bratman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190867850

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190867850.001.0001

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The Interplay of Intention and Reason

The Interplay of Intention and Reason

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(p.168) Chapter 8 The Interplay of Intention and Reason*
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Planning, Time, and Self-Governance
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Michael E. Bratman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190867850.003.0008

In a series of essays—in particular, his 1994 essay “Assure and Threaten”—David Gauthier develops a two-tier pragmatic theory of practical rationality and argues, within that theory, for a distinctive account of the rationality of following through with prior assurances or threats. His discussion suggests that certain kinds of temporally extended agency play a special role in one’s temporally extended life going well. I argue that a related idea about diachronic self-governance helps explain a sense in which an accepted deliberative standard can be self-reinforcing. And this gives us resources to adjust Gauthier’s theory in response to a threat of what Kieran Setiya has called a “fragmentation of practical reason.”

Keywords:   David Gauthier, assurances, threats, sophisticated choice, resolute choice, J. David Velleman, diachronic self-governance, Kieran Setiya

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