Philosophical Studies

, Volume 126, Issue 2, pp 241-252

First online:

Practical Reason, Instrumental Irrationality, and Time

  • Manuel VargasAffiliated withPhilosophy Department, University of San Francisco Email author 

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Standard models of practical rationality face a puzzle that has gone unnoticed: given a modest assumption about the nature of deliberation, we are apparently frequently briefly irrational. I explain the problem, consider what is wrong with several possible solutions, and propose an account that does not generate the objectionable result.