Abstract

There are at least two dimensions of rational evaluation—what I call reasons rationality (be reasonable!) and structural rationality (be coherent!). My talk will focus on the nature of and relationship between them. I’ll begin by considering and rejecting the most prominent account, which attempts to explain the difference between dimensions by appealing to differences in the scope of the requirements corresponding to each. I’ll then argue that much of the motivation for taking the scope debate seriously is misguided and that the focus on requirements is misplaced. Stronger still, I'll argue that there are no requirements in the relevant sense. Instead, each dimension should be thought of as characterized by a distinct kind of pro tanto rational pressure or force—reasons rationality by (what I call) justificatory pressure and structural rationality by attitudinal pressure.