Single Idea 3840

[catalogued under 20. Action / C. Motives for Action / 3. Acting on Reason / a. Practical reason]

Full Idea

If I desire to get rid of my flu symptoms, and believe the only way to do it is death, I am committed to desiring my death. …there is no plausible logic of practical reason.

Gist of Idea

We don't accept practical reasoning if the conclusion is unpalatable


John Searle (Rationality in Action [2001], Ch.8.II)

Book Reference

Searle,John R.: 'Rationality in Action' [MIT 2001], p.245