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Because unlike his competitors--the conventional rationalizers and the crazy rationalists--Brennan actually adds to our stock of moral knowledge.
On these and many other questions, rationalizers changed their minds.
3) Rationalizers - view their behavior as a means to an end (Monahan, 1999).
Just war rationalizers admit they will become concerned if post-bin Laden hostilities enter "Phase Two" as Defense Secretary Rumsfeld has promised.