Rationalization in the pejorative sense: Cushman's account overlooks the scope and costs of rationalization

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 43 (2020)
  Copy   BIBTEX


According to Cushman, rationalization occurs when a person has performed an action and then concocts beliefs and desires that would have made it rational. We argue that this isn't the paradigmatic form of rationalization. Consequently, Cushman's explanation of the function and usefulness of rationalization is less broad-reaching than he intends. Cushman's account also obscures some of rationalization's pernicious consequences.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 78,037

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Rational rationalization and System 2.Wim De Neys - 2020 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 43.
Rationalization of emotion is also rational.Peter Railton - 2020 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 43:e43.
Rationalization and self-sabotage.Jason D'Cruz - 2020 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 43.
Rationalization enables cooperation and cultural evolution.Neil Levy - 2020 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 43:e40.
Means and ends of habitual action.Samantha Berthelette & Christopher Kalbach - 2020 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 43:17-18.
Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc: Some Benefits of Rationalization.Jesse S. Summers - 2017 - Philosophical Explorations 20 (sup1):21-36.


Added to PP

19 (#596,953)

6 months
2 (#327,670)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author Profiles

Jonathan Ellis
University of California, Santa Cruz
Eric Schwitzgebel
University of California, Riverside

References found in this work

The Epistemic Innocence of Motivated Delusions.Lisa Bortolotti - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition (33):490-499.

Add more references