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Article

Publication Date

1992

Abstract

In his recent book Rationality, Nicholas Rescher offers a provocative attempt to justify rationality. In this paper I critically assess that attempt. After clarifying the philosophical problem at issue, I examine Rescher's effort to solve it. I argue that Rescher's justification succeeds, but that he mistakenly characterizes it as pragmatic. It succeeds only if it is understood non-pragmatically. Consequently, Rescher must give up either his justificatory argument, or his commitment to a pragmatic justification.

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© Harvey Siegel published in Informal Logic. Rescher on the Justification of Rationality was originally published in Informal Logic, Volume 14, No 1, pp. 23-31 (1992).

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