Knowledge of logical generality and the possibility of deductive reasoning

Besson, Corine (2019) Knowledge of logical generality and the possibility of deductive reasoning. In: Chan, Timothy and Nes, Anders (eds.) Inference and consciousness. Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy . Routledge, London. ISBN 9781138557178

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Abstract

I address a type of circularity threat that arises for the view that we employ general basic logical principles in deductive reasoning. This type of threat has been used to argue that whatever knowing such principles is, it cannot be a fully cognitive or propositional state, otherwise deductive reasoning would not be possible. I look at two versions of the circularity threat and answer them in a way that both challenges the view that we need to apply general logical principles in deductive reasoning and defuses the threat to a cognitivist account of knowing basic logical principles.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: General Logical Principles; Deductive Reasoning; Adoption Problem; Carrollian Circularity; Universal Instantiation; Rational Insight; Rule-Following.
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Depositing User: Corine Besson
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2019 08:38
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2020 14:55
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/86171

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