Epistemic Reasoning and the Mental

Mikkel Gerken

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Epistemic Reasoning and the Mental integrates the epistemology of reasoning and philosophy of mind. The book contains introductions to basic concepts in the epistemology of inference and to important aspects of the philosophy of mind. By examining the fundamental competencies involved in reasoning, Gerken argues that reasoning's epistemic force depends on the external environment in ways that are both surprising and epistemologically important.

For example, Gerken argues that purportedly deductive reasoning that exhibits the fallacy of equivocation may nevertheless transmit epistemic warrant from its premise-beliefs to its conclusion-belief. This view is contrary to orthodoxy according to which such reasoning must be valid. But Gerken shows how this novel and unorthodox view is integrated in a psychologically plausible account of our reasoning competencies and a general epistemological framework.

What emerges is an approach to the philosophy of reasoning that is informed and constrained by both epistemology and philosophy of mind.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages360
ISBN (Print)9781137025517
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2013

Publication series

NamePalgrave Innovations in Philosophy
PublisherPalgrave McMillan


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