Part Three: Taking rationality seriously

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“Taking rationality seriously” means caring enough about it to want to improve its operation. That will require an empirically accurate, practical understanding of how and when and why rationality works. We saw in Part One that most theories of rationality (namely, rationalisms) involve impossible metaphysical fantasies, and encounter frequent difficulties in practice. A better explanation should address all these problems, explaining how rationality (as a practice) successfully handles each issue.

This Part of The Eggplant presents an such alternative understanding of rationality, using a meta-rationalist approach. (That is: observing the operation of rationality from above, rather than trying to make sense of it from inside.)

This will, I hope, be useful for two reasons. First, it’s a prerequisite for the theoretical understanding of meta-rationality in Part Four; and it’s valuable for its own sake as a tool for understanding your own practice of rationality, and therefore perhaps doing it better.


This page introduces a section containing the following:

This page is in the section In the cells of the eggplant,
      which is in ⚒ Fluid understanding: meta-rationality,
      which is in ⚒ Sailing the seas of meaningness,
      which is in Meaningness and Time: past, present, future.

The previous page is Part Two: Taking reasonableness seriously. (That page introduces its own subsection.)

This page’s topic is Rationalism.

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