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Natural Reasons: Personality and Polity Paperback – August 27, 1992

ISBN-13: 978-0195080124 ISBN-10: 0195080122

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (August 27, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195080122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195080124
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,437,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An important, densely argued, ingenious book about the problems of choice among conflicting values and about how the concept of a person influences and is influenced by rational decisions about those values....The formidable array of disciplines in what she describes as a doggedly interdisciplinary work is truly impressive. The argument is everywhere perceptive and subtle, detailed and penetrating."--The Philosophical Quarterly


"Its scale, its scope, its argumentativeness, its assurance of tone, inspire nothing but awe in the reader."--International Studies in Philosophy


"A large, colourful, powerful, and complicated book....It will have an important place in the philosophical literature."--Times Literary Supplement


"I applaud warmly. There is something to think about on every page and the book's ambition is inspiring."--Philosophy


"Highly recommended for any library supporting at least an undergraduate major in philosophy."--Choice


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S. L. Hurley is at Oxford University.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 2002
Format: Paperback
Susan Hurley's NATURAL REASONS made a splash when it appeared: it was reviewed by many Great Philosophers, all of whom said glowing things about it. I first read it as a graduate student, in the year it first appeared in print. I was impressed, but I wasn't ready for it. On re-reading Hurley in 2002, I suddently discover how much I missed, and how powerful and subtle Hurley's arguments turn out to be.
While this book has received much discussion and attention in journals and conferences, it hasn't received *nearly* as much as it deserves. This is a Great Book. It is one of the most powerful and interesting defenses of evaluative objectivity to appear in the last twenty years or so. It is certainly worth re-reading in 2002-3.
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