Practical and Alethic Reasons: Part II

Paul Grice

in Aspects of Reason

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780198242529
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597534 | DOI:
 Practical and Alethic Reasons: Part II

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This chapter first shows how—given certain circumstances—valid inferences can be drawn from alethic to practical acceptability statements. For this, Grice tries to establish an acceptability statement of the form ‘it is acceptable that if (on the alethic side) A only if B, then (on the practical side) one should A only if one should B’. He then turns to a discussion of the characteristics of practical thinking other than the application of means–ends reasoning. Such practical thinking, Grice suggests, includes the determination of antecedently indeterminate desires and intentions, contains systems of priorities, and often is revisionist and comparative.

Keywords: acceptability statement; alethic reasoning; desire; intention; means–ends reasoning; practical reasoning; practical thinking

Chapter.  8496 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy

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