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Single Idea 7611

[catalogued under 18. Thought / A. Modes of Thought / 5. Rationality]

Full Idea

Our notion of rationality is, at bottom, just one part of our conception of human flourishing, our idea of the good.

Gist of Idea

Rationality is one part of our conception of human flourishing


Hilary Putnam (Reason, Truth and History [1981], Pref)

Book Reference

Putnam,Hilary: 'Reason, Truth and History' [CUP 1998], p.-2

A Reaction

This looks like the beginnings of virtue epistemology, since rationality will have criteria, which would seem to be virtues. I find this idea appealing, both as a view of rationality, and as a view of the human good.