The Unity of Reasoning?

John Broome

in Spheres of Reason

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199572939
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722165 | DOI:

Series: Mind Association Occasional Series

The Unity of Reasoning?

Show Summary Details


Reasoning is a process, and practical reasoning is a process that concludes in an intention. This chapter presents an account of the process of practical reasoning, specifically of instrumental reasoning. It compares it with the process of theoretical reasoning. The two processes are very different, but they are nevertheless closely entangled together. This is because you can only acquire the intention of doing something if you also acquire the belief that you will do it. Instrumental reasoning consequently has some cognitive elements. The chapter assesses the previous chapter's objection that this makes my account of instrumental reasoning too cognitive.

Keywords: cognitivism; belief; intention; practical reasoning; unity

Chapter.  13881 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.