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dc.contributor.advisor Kulstad, Mark A.
dc.creatorGoodin, Susanna Lee
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-18T21:31:50Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-18T21:31:50Z
dc.date.issued 1985
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/104796
dc.description.abstract In this thesis, I consider the consequences of applying Thomas Nagel's theory of the subjective and objective to rational decision-making in ethics. In chapter one, I am concerned with the notion of rationality. I discuss a common assumption man has about rationality and analyze the four necessary conditions for rationality. In chapter two, I present Nagel's theory. I draw out implications which are important in connection with rationality. In chapter three, I examine the implications of Nagel's theory for the notion of rationality. I focus on two problem cases which are designed to highlight a conflict between Nagel's theory and rationality. I use an analogy to Derek Parfit's work on prisoner's dilemmas to support my claim that the acceptance of Nagel's theory rules out the possibility of performing actions based on rational decisions. Finally, I argue that the type of rationality which is possible under Nagel's theory is deprived of any action-guiding force.
dc.format.extent 85 pp
dc.language.iso eng
dc.title Nagel's theory of the subjective and objective : implications for rationality in ethics
dc.identifier.digital RICE2434
dc.contributor.committeeMember Brody, Baruch A.;Grandy, Richard E.
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Philosophy
thesis.degree.discipline Humanities
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts
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dc.identifier.callno Thesis Phil. 1985 Goodin
dc.identifier.citation Goodin, Susanna Lee. "Nagel's theory of the subjective and objective : implications for rationality in ethics." (1985) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/104796.


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