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Practical Reason Unbound: Politics and Human Agency in a Promethean Key

dc.contributor.advisor Gillespie, Michael A
dc.contributor.author Perkins, Lucas
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-10T16:01:00Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-10T16:01:00Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/5034
dc.description.abstract <p>Traditional approaches to the empirical research of human action, rational choice theory dominant amongst them, have implicitly adopted philosophical pre-suppositions about human action that are untenable and in need of correction. In this project, I seek to both (a) diagnose these problems by showing that rational choice theory is insufficiently attentive to both the question of what agents are and of what kind of world they occupy, and (b) overcome these problems by offering a conception of practical reason that is more "realistic" in that it incorporates a philosophically convincing account of world and of the practical agent's relation with it. To that end, I develop a conception of praxis that is centered on the idea that practical agents act within and toward practical horizons rather than exercising a faculty of choice within stable decision spaces.</p>
dc.subject Political Science
dc.subject Philosophy
dc.subject Behavioral sciences
dc.subject decision spaces
dc.subject Martin Heidegger
dc.subject philosophy of action
dc.subject practical reason
dc.subject rational choice theory
dc.title Practical Reason Unbound: Politics and Human Agency in a Promethean Key
dc.type Dissertation
dc.department Political Science


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