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Reasons Require Conceptual Contents

Bill Brewer

in Perception and Reason

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780199250455
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597114 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199250456.003.0005
 Reasons Require Conceptual Contents

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Argues that reasons require conceptual contents. That is to say, a person has a reason for believing something only if he is in some mental state or other with a representational content that is characterizable only in terms of concepts that the subject himself must possess and that is of a form that enables it to serve as a premiss or the conclusion of a deductive argument, or of an inference of some other kind (e.g. inductive or abductive).

Keywords: abduction; concept; conceptual content; deduction; induction; inference; reason; representational content

Chapter.  13802 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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