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A form of obligation which includes moral and extra-moral, but not aesthetic, norms: we are obliged to believe fire is hot.


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Some deep thought on "the principle of reason" can be found in Heidegger's essay The Essence of Ground in Pathmarks. Quoting from the start and the end to give a flavour of the content. Page 100 The Problem of Ground The "principle of reason" as a "supreme principle" seems to preclude from the very outset anything like a ...


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The term 'rational' is related to the term 'ratio', and implies the ability to effectively measure and balance concepts and ideas. It's a natural analogy to applying principles of geometry to crafts. A man who doesn't measure or calculate well is a sloppy craftsman, and builds (say) weak, wobbly, oddly-proportioned furniture. A man who does measure and ...


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Of a belief, having accurate predictive power matching empirical data; or of an action based on such belief, maximising efficacy.


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A coherent totality of communicable beliefs that are interrelated in discernible "ratios" and correspond, more or less, to causation in their material environment.


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