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Neurath's ship: The constitutive relation between normative and descriptive theories of rationality

  • Michael R. Waldmann (a1)

I defend the claim that in psychological theories concerned with theoretical or practical rationality there is a constitutive relation between normative and descriptive theories: Normative theories provide idealized descriptive accounts of rational agents. However, we need to resist the temptation to collapse descriptive theories with any specific normative theory. I show how a partial separation is possible.

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K. J. Eskine , N. A. Kacinik & J. J. Prinz (2011) A bad taste in the mouth: Gustatory disgust influences moral judgment. Psychological Science 22:295–99.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
  • URL: /core/journals/behavioral-and-brain-sciences
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