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dc.contributor.advisorKorsgaard, Christine M.
dc.contributor.advisorShleifer, Andrei
dc.contributor.authorFernandez, Patricio A
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-18T13:53:58Z
dash.embargo.terms2015-10-10en_US
dc.date.issued2013-10-18
dc.date.submitted2013
dc.identifier.citationFernandez, Patricio A. 2013. The Power of a Practical Conclusion and Essays in the Economic Analysis of Legal Systems. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University.en_US
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/gsas.harvard:11101en
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:11181146
dc.description.abstractPart One defends the thesis, first advanced by Aristotle, that the conclusion of practical reasoning is an action, and argues for its philosophical significance. Opposition to the thesis rests on a contestable way of distinguishing between acts and contents of reasoning and on a picture of normative principles as external to the actions that fall under them. The resulting view forces us to choose between the efficacious, world-changing character of practical thought and its subjection to objective rational standards. This is a false choice. Aristotle's own understanding of the thesis points the way to an alternative conception of practical reason on which it is at once a power to effect changes in the world and to get things right. Practical reasoning endows the action performed on its basis with a principle that is not imposed on it from outside: instead, it makes the action what it is. Properly understood in terms of the relevant acts of a rational subject, the thesis is defensible and philosophically attractive. Furthermore, it helps us understand the continuity and discontinuity that exists between the motions of human beings and those of other animals, as Aristotle showed.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipPhilosophyen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
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dc.subjectPhilosophyen_US
dc.subjectEconomicsen_US
dc.subjectActionen_US
dc.subjectAristotleen_US
dc.subjectComparative Lawen_US
dc.subjectLaw and Economicsen_US
dc.subjectPractical Reasonen_US
dc.titleThe Power of a Practical Conclusion and Essays in the Economic Analysis of Legal Systemsen_US
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_US
dash.depositing.authorFernandez, Patricio A
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thesis.degree.date2013en_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePhilosophyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorHarvard Universityen_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberKorsgaard, Christineen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberShleifer, Andreien_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMoran, Richarden_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGreen, Jerryen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLavin, Douglasen_US
dash.contributor.affiliatedFernandez, Patricio A


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