David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophical Studies 146 (2):273 - 289 (2009)
One of Laurence BonJour’s main arguments for the existence of the a priori is an argument that a priori justification is indispensable for making inferences from experience to conclusions that go beyond experience. This argument has recently come under heavy fire from Albert Casullo, who has dubbed BonJour’s argument, “The Generality Argument.” In this paper I (i) defend the Generality Argument against Casullo’s criticisms, and (ii) develop a new, more plausible, version of the Generality Argument in response to some other objections of my own. Two of these objections stem out of BonJour’s failing to fully consider the importance of the distinction between being justified in believing that an inference is good and being justified in making an inference. The final version of the argument that I develop sees the Generality Argument as one part of a cumulative case argument for the existence of a priori justification, rather than as a stand-alone knock-down argument.
|Keywords||A priori Rationalism Inference|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Richard E. Nisbett & Lee Ross (1980). Human Inference: Strategies and Shortcomings of Social Judgment. Prentice-Hall.
Alvin Plantinga (1993). Warrant and Proper Function. Oxford University Press.
Laurence BonJour (1998). In Defense of Pure Reason. Cambridge University Press.
Paul Boghossian (2003). Blind Reasoning. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 77 (1):225–248.
Richard Feldman & Earl Conee (1985). Evidentialism. Philosophical Studies 48 (1):15 - 34.
Citations of this work BETA
Gregory Stoutenburg (2015). Think of the Children! Epistemic Justification and Cognitively Unsophisticated Subjects. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 97 (2):n/a-n/a.
Similar books and articles
Robin Jeshion (2002). The Fallibility of Rational Insight. Journal of Philosophical Research 27:301-310.
Klaas J. Kraay (2005). William L. Rowe's A Priori Argument for Atheism. Faith and Philosophy 22 (2):211-234.
David Shier (2000). Can Human Rationality Be Defended "A Priori"? Behavior and Philosophy 28 (1/2):67 - 81.
Mark Newman (2010). The No-Miracles Argument, Reliabilism, and a Methodological Version of the Generality Problem. Synthese 177 (1):111 - 138.
Imogen Dickie (2010). The Generality of Particular Thought. Philosophical Quarterly 60 (240):508-531.
James Beebe (2008). Bonjour's Arguments Against Skepticism About the A Priori. Philosophical Studies 137 (2):243 - 267.
Joshua Thurow (2006). Experientially Defeasible a Priori Justification. Philosophical Quarterly 56 (225):596–602.
Mikael Janvid (2008). The Experiential Defeasibility and Overdetermination of A Priori Justification. Journal of Philosophical Research 33:271-278.
Joachim Horvath (2009). The Modal Argument for a Priori Justification. Ratio 22 (2):191-205.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads76 ( #55,422 of 1,796,591 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #281,430 of 1,796,591 )
How can I increase my downloads?