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The Opposition between Instrumental and Lusory Rationality in the Utopian Proposal of Bernard Suits

Pensamiento. Revista de Investigación e Información Filosófica. 2020;75(287):1571-1585 DOI 10.14422/pen.v75.i287.y2019.010


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Journal Title: Pensamiento. Revista de Investigación e Información Filosófica

ISSN: 0031-4749 (Print); 2386-5822 (Online)

Publisher: Universidad Pontificia Comillas

Society/Institution:  Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Facultad de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales. Departamento de Filosofía, Humanidades y Comunicación

LCC Subject Category: Philosophy. Psychology. Religion: Philosophy (General)

Country of publisher: Spain

Language of fulltext: Spanish

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Francisco Javier López Frías (Pennsylvania State University)

Xavier Gimeno Monfort (Universitat de València)


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Abstract | Full Text

In this paper, we explore Bernard Suits’ analysis of the instrumental use of reason in the utopia presented in The Grasshopper. To do so, we analyze the role instrumental rationality plays in Suits’ theory of games and utopia. Then, we compare the use of instrumental reason to what we call «lusory rationality.» The latter embodies the lusory attitude that players have to adopt to play a game and live in Suits’ Utopian world. To conclude, we argue that the lusory attitude offers an alternative to the predominance of the instrumental use of reason in our society.