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

Synthese 178 (1):7-17 (2011)
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.
Keywords Rationality  Stance  Voluntarism  van Fraassen
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