Rational choice and moral agency by David Schmidtz

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Published by Princeton University Press in Princeton, N.J .

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  • Ethics.,
  • Rationalism.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 265-271) and index.

Book details

StatementDavid Schmidtz.
LC ClassificationsBJ1012 .S346 1995
The Physical Object
Paginationxii, 283 p. :
Number of Pages283
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1094594M
ISBN 10069103401X
LC Control Number94019059

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