Rational powers and inaction

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This discussion of Sergio Tenenbaum’s excellent book, Rational Powers in Action, focuses on two noteworthy aspects of the big picture. First, questions are raised about Tenenbaum’s methodology of giving primacy to cases in which the agent has all the requisite background knowledge, including knowledge of a means that will be sufficient for achieving her end, and no significant false beliefs. Second, the implications of Tenenbaum’s views concerning the rational constraints on revising our ends are examined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-97
Number of pages11
JournalPhilosophical Inquiries
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 8 2023


  • Sergio Tenenbaum
  • instrumental rationality
  • trying

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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