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17:30 - 19:15 10 June 2015

Indispensable rational affections


Room 828 | UCL Institute of Education (link Map)
20 Bedford Way | London | WC1H 0AL | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

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Axel Mueller, Senior Lecturer, Northwestern University

Several recent discussions in the epistemology of rationality note perplexities resulting from attempts to use reasons of an intellectual and thus normatively binding sort in order to either readjust apparently "irrational" reasoning behavior (such as conspiracy theories or fanatics) or reveal a reasoning approach to existentially transformative decisions (such as deciding to have a child, to go to war, etc). The perplexity is that in these cases, rationality and the use of intellectual reasons seems to presuppose that one have a prior commitment to this sort of decision- and opinion-forming as the best, but precisely this commitment looks dispensable or powerless. This paper will use work from the pragmatist tradition (Peirce, Habermas) to try to explore the "affective" foundations of commitments to rationality unearthed in these discussions.


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