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The Newxin Puzzle

Chrisoula Andreou
Philosophical Studies: An International Journal for Philosophy in the Analytic Tradition
Vol. 139, No. 3 (Jun., 2008), pp. 415-422
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27734271
Page Count: 8
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The Newxin Puzzle
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Abstract

A variety of thought experiments suggest that, if the standard picture of practical rationality is correct, then practical rationality is sometimes an obstacle to practical success. For some, this in turn suggests that there is something wrong with the standard picture. In particular, it has been argued that we should revise the standard picture so that practical rationality and practical success emerge as more closely connected than the current picture allows. In this paper, I construct a choice situation—which I refer to as the Newxin puzzle—and discuss its implications in relation to the revisionist approach just described. Using the Newxin puzzle, I argue that the approach leads to a more radically revisionist picture of practical rationality than current debate suggests.

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