J.L. Nicholas's scientific contributions

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In Reason, Tradition, and the Good, Jeffery L. Nicholas addresses the failure of reason in modernity to bring about a just society, a society in which people can attain fulfillment. Developing the critical theory of the Frankfurt School, Nicholas argues that we rely too heavily on a conception of rationality that is divorced from tradition and, the...

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... Virtue ethics informs such microfoundations because it has a distinctive conception of human agency. From a virtue ethical perspective rationality is understood as substantive rather than instrumental (Frey, 2018;Nicholas, 2012) because human beings naturally pursue a range of goods (Finnis, 2011;Frey, 2019;MacIntyre, 1999;Nussbaum, 2011;Rödl, 2007) that together constitute a flourishing life. This contrasts with perspectives grounded in rational choice theory that focus on instrumental rationality, both those that view agents as fully rational and those which adopt bounded rationality (Simon, 1955), though it shares with the latter an appreciation for the inherent cognitive limitations that human beings face (Annas, 2011;MacIntyre, 1999). ...