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Motivated Irrationality [Hardcover]

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Pages   270
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.25" Width: 6.31" Height: 0.89"
Weight:   1.34 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 30, 1999
Publisher   St. Augustine's Press
ISBN  1890318418  
EAN  9781890318413  

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This book is about self-deception and lack of self-control or wishful thinking and acting against one's own better judgement. Steering a course between the skepticism of philosophers, who find the conscious defiance of reason too paradoxical, and the tolerant empiricism of psychologists, it compares the two kinds of irrationality, and relates the conclusions drawn to the views of Freud, cognitive psychologists, and such philosophers as Aristotle, Anscombe, Hare and Davidson.

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Unfortunately misses the mark...  Apr 3, 2002
I enjoyed Pears' works on Wittgenstein (The False Prison) but this book really was more irritating than informative. The topic, to be sure, is of prime importance and is also not very well handled considering how the term "rational" is tossed about these days. However, this book really appears to miss both the crucial points by simply staying within the tight boundaries of a very dry discussion.

That is, Pears doesn't really advance the concept of irrational behaviour very far. He spends the first part of the book exploring 'akrasia' (that's right, we're right back to Socrates even after a few thousand years) and some of the side arguments related to this explanation of irrational behaviour. Then he criticizes Freud and Davidson for their expansion on this idea.

But all the way through the book there is really little to be learned and the language, straight out of a thesis paper, is not really a pleasant read. This could be forgiven if there were some good ideas but ultimately that is not the case. This is rather odd, too, since one would think that Pears would bring some of his expertise on the limitations of thought to bear on this subject.

Ultimately I believe there is a lot more to be understood here before we even start asking the correct questions.


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