Title

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

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Synthese

Publication Date

1-1-2011

Volume

178

Issue

1

First Page

7

Last Page

17

Keywords

Rationality, Stance, Voluntarism, van Fraassen

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.

DOI

10.1007/s11229-009-9521-0

Print ISSN

00397857

E-ISSN

15730964

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Recommended Citation

Rowbottom, D. P., & Bueno, O. (2011). How to change it: Modes of engagement, rationality, and stance voluntarism. Synthese, 178(1), 7-17. doi: 10.1007/s11229-009-9521-0