Practical Knowledge: Selected Essays

Kieran Setiya (Author)

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Oxford University Press, USA
Publish Date
October 18, 2016
6.5 X 1.3 X 9.4 inches | 1.75 pounds
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About the Author

Kieran Setiya is Professor of Philosophy at MIT. He works in action theory, ethics, and epistemology, and is the author of Reasons without Rationalism (2007) and Knowing Right From Wrong (OUP 2012). His essays range from the nature of rational agency to the place of love in moral philosophy and the resolution of the midlife crisis.


"I warmheartedly recommend Practical Knowledge to everyone with a serious interest in action theory, reasons and rationality, and ethics. The writings are sophisticated, so they require familiarity with the basics of the literature. They might be most appreciated by advanced students and specialists. As I wrote before, if Setiya's view is correct that has weighty implications for ethics and views of agency - of what is, for us humans, good to do and why - so the work required by the essays certainly pays off." -- István Zoltán Zárdai, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

"A complex tapestry of interrelated claims about what it is for agents to act intentionally and for (good and bad) reasons, with frequently interesting and occasionally surprising implications for a range of disputed questions in ethics, the philosophy of mind, and what has come to be known as 'meta-normativity'...every essay in this collection will repay careful study." -- Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews