Structural rationality for self-governance : why we ought to have coherent sets of attitudes

  • Jacob Ashur Librizzi

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis (MPhil)


In this project I argue that, as agents, we have a normative commitment to avoid incoherent combinations of attitudes. To this end, I defend an amended version of Alex Worsnip’s (2020) position on normative requirements of structural rationality. After offering a more uniform account of coherence requirements for Worsnip’s project, I argue against several problem cases thought to prevent the normativity of these requirements. Finally, I advocate to recast Worsnip’s project within a constitutivist account of agency and self- governance. I argue that doing so provides the necessary framework to explain sufficiently why agents are rationally bound to normative coherence requirements.
Date of Award28 Jun 2021
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of St Andrews
SupervisorJens Timmermann (Supervisor) & Justin Snedegar (Supervisor)


  • Constitutivism
  • Self-governance
  • Coherence requirements
  • Rationality
  • Normativity of structural rationality

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