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Intelligible Responses

Anthony Simon Laden

in Reasoning

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199606191
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741081 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606191.003.0010
Intelligible Responses

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The chapter discusses the place of instrumental reasons and the basic schema of inference within the social picture. It argues that these principles play a role in reasoning through their capacity to render what we say and do intelligible to one another, and thus are grounded, within the social picture, on the norm of mutual intelligibility governing conversation. It then discusses why these principles can serve a role in rendering what we say and do intelligible and why it is this role and not their connection to the structure of action or the world that makes reference to them reasonable. It concludes with a return to the question of how to make a proposal to a rational creature and the attractions of living together by reasoning.

Keywords: instrumental reason; intelligibility; nonsense; inference

Chapter.  7519 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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