How to change it: Modes of engagement, rationality, and stance voluntarism

Darrell P. Rowbottom, Otavio Bueno

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We have three goals in this paper. First, we outline an ontology of stance, and explain the role that modes of engagement and styles of reasoning play in the characterization of a stance. Second, we argue that we do enjoy a degree of control over the modes of engagement and styles of reasoning we adopt. Third, we contend that maximizing one's prospects for change (within the framework of other constraints, e.g., beliefs, one has) also maximizes one's rationality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-17
Number of pages11
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011



  • Rationality
  • Stance
  • van Fraassen
  • Voluntarism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Philosophy

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