Review of Metaphysics 50 (4):927-927 (1997)

Graham McAleer
Loyola University Maryland
This slim volume, which includes a number of sections that have already appeared in journals or collected editions, treats a too often ignored dimension of rationality--its dependence on affectivity. Wainwright takes his book to demonstrate the need for a "critique of passional reason"; it is a lengthy and detailed study of the "conditions under which passion does and does not enhance reasoning". The book is a prolegomenon, because Wainwright wants to show that one cannot speak adequately about the rationality of belief, evidence for belief, and certainty of belief, unless reference is made to affectivity.
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