Why be rational? This course examines notions of rationality and irrationality that arise in many areas of philosophy, including epistemology, decision theory, ethics, cognitive science, and philosophy of religion. We study how these different notions of rationality and irrationality are related and aim to understand the sort of normative force, if any, that rationality has. Do norms of rationality give us reasons to believe or act in certain ways? Do norms of rationality derive from ourselves as agents or from the world, somehow? What is so bad, exactly, about being irrational?
TEXT: No Textbook Required – course materials will be available on Canvas.