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Is Consistency Overrated?

Conventional wisdom–where I come from, at least–tells us that we should ferret out inconsistencies in our beliefs and eliminate these inconsistencies.  That’s a big part of what it means to be a reasonable person.  So, to take just one particularly stark … Continue reading

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A Rationality Pill?

Suppose that you are a person who suffers from what an economist would call a “high discount rate.”  You tend to attach very little importance to the long-term consequences of your actions.  As a result, you smoke and drink a … Continue reading

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Rawls and Rationality

A propos of a recent thread on whether it is irrational to reject Rawls’s two principles of justice, I thought I would offer my decidedly uninformed take on the issue.  From my summer Rawls reading, I’m inclined (thus far) to … Continue reading

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Rawls [4], “Constitutional Liberty and the Concept of Justice” (1963)

When we last left Rawls, he was trying to identify the ‘concept’ of justice–that is, what it is we’re attributing to a society when we call it ‘just.’  Rawls claimed that a ‘just’ society conforms to the two principles of … Continue reading

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Rationality and Fantasy Baseball

Lately I’ve been thinking about rationality.  Specifically, I’ve been thinking about the ways that economic models presuppose that individuals consistently act in their rational self-interest (and what economists count as a rational self-interest). Lately, I’ve also been thinking about my … Continue reading

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