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How to change it : modes of engagement, rationality, and stance voluntarism
Synthese
  • Darrell Patrick ROWBOTTOM, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Otávio BUENO, University of Miami, United States
Document Type
Journal article
Publication Date
1-1-2011
Keywords
  • Rationality,
  • Stance,
  • Voluntarism,
  • van Fraassen
Disciplines
Abstract
We have three goals in this paper. First, we outline an ontology of stance, and explain the role that modes of engagement and styles of reasoning play in the characterization of a stance. Second, we argue that we do enjoy a degree of control over the modes of engagement and styles of reasoning we adopt. Third, we contend that maximizing one’s prospects for change (within the framework of other constraints, e.g., beliefs, one has) also maximizes one’s rationality.
DOI
10.1007/s11229-009-9521-0
E-ISSN
15730964
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Rowbottom, D. P., & Bueno, O. (2011). How to change it: Modes of engagement, rationality, and stance voluntarism. Synthese, 178(1), 7-17. doi: 10.1007/s11229-009-9521-0