Antecedent rationalization: Rationalization prior to action

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 43 (2020)
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Often times we find ourselves wrestling with the urge to commit a non-rational action. When this happens, we are quite good at adopting quasi-beliefs that, if true, would make the action rational. In other words, rationalization often occurs antecedent to a behavioral choice. A complete account of the evolutionary history of rationalization must include antecedent rationalization.



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Eric Sievers
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