Normativism and Mental Causation by Justin Thomas Tiehen, B. A. Dissertation


Chapter 2. Constitutive Rationality: What It Means



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Chapter 2. Constitutive Rationality: What It Means...…………………... 45

2.1 Some Varieties of Functionalism…..….……………………………… 45

2.2 Ramsification….…………………….……………………………..... 48

2.3 Normative Clauses…………………….….………………………………. 53

2.4 Points of Clarification………………………………………………. 57

2.4.1 THE (CRT) AND FUNCTIONALISM……………….……….. 57

2.4.2 MORE ON THE (CRT) AND FUNCTIONALISM………….… 58

2.4.3 CONSTITUTIVE RATIONALITY WITHOUT NORMATIVITY

….…………………………………………………………………… 62

2.4.4 THE PRIORITY OF NORMATIVITY TO THE MENTAL…... 64



Chapter 3. Constitutive Rationality: Arguments in its Favor ………...… 66

3.1 The Argument from Essential Causal Powers..……………………… 68

3.1.1 IRRATIONALITY…………....……………………………..… 69

3.1.2 ARATIONALITY…………....……………….……………..… 76

3.1.3 RATIONALITY……………………………....……………..… 79

3.2 The Argument from Counterpossibles….……..……………….…..... 84

3.2.1 PRELIMINARY REMARKS REGARDING COUNTERPOSSIBLES

….…………………………………………………………………… 84

3.2.2 THE (CRT) ENTAILS THAT (CP) IS TRUE….……….…..... 87

3.2.3 BELIEF ZOMBIES…………………………...……………..… 89

3.2.4 KNOWLEDGE…………………………..…...……………...… 91

3.2.5 THE SPACE OF REASONS……...……..…...……………...… 92






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