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How to change it: modes of engagement, rationality, and stance voluntarism

Darrell P. Rowbottom and Otávio Bueno
Synthese
Vol. 178, No. 1, STANCE AND RATIONALITY: A PERSPECTIVE (January 2011), pp. 7-17
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41477254
Page Count: 11
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How to change it: modes of engagement, rationality, and stance voluntarism
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Abstract

We have three goals in this paper. First, we outline an ontology of stance, and explain the role that modes of engagement and styles of reasoning play in the characterization of a stance. Second, we argue that we do enjoy a degree of control over the modes of engagement and styles of reasoning we adopt. Third, we contend that maximizing one's prospects for change (within the framework of other constraints, e.g., beliefs, one has) also maximizes one's rationality.

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