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Dans le cadre des midis de l’éthique du CRÉ, Jens Gillessen offre une présentation intitulée « The cautious requirements of rationality ».
A growing number of investigations into the concept of rationality converge on a disconcerting conclusion: Rationality, understood as a source of coherence requirements on our attitudes, lacks normative force. The talk will call into question one central and widely unchallenged argument in support of this conclusion. This argument states, roughly, that it is only at the general, or dispositional, level that we have reason to be coherent, whereas at the level of particular situations, efforts aimed at coherence will sometimes amount to ‘superstitous rule-worship’, a quirky concern with ‘psychic tidiness’, or the like. The talk will counter this ‘two-layer’ charge by suggesting that requirements of rationality include a general epistemic cautionary clause which actually rules out the problematic scenarios. Consequently, the question of whether there could be strong and distinctive reason to be (cautiously) coherent will need to be reassessed.