Logic and Idealization

David Christensen

in Putting Logic in its Place

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780199263257
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602603 | DOI:
Logic and Idealization

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Addresses the issue of idealization in epistemology. Some have argued that probabilistic coherence, in particular, imposes an unacceptably high level of idealization; others would even reject deductive cogency as imposing excessive idealization. Examines several reasons that have been offered for rejecting formal models of rational belief on the basis of excessive idealization. Defends the interest of idealized formal models in thinking about rationality, arguing that the human unattainability of logical perfection (which would include ’logical omniscience’) does not undermine the normative force of logical ideals.

Keywords: human unattainability; idealization; logic; logical omniscience; normative; probabilistic coherence

Chapter.  13228 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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