Knowledge of Validity

Noûs 44 (3):403-432 (2010)

Authors
Sinan Dogramaci
University of Texas at Austin
Abstract
What accounts for how we know that certain rules of reasoning, such as reasoning by Modus Ponens, are valid? If our knowledge of validity must be based on some reasoning, then we seem to be committed to the legitimacy of rule-circular arguments for validity. This paper raises a new difficulty for the rule-circular account of our knowledge of validity. The source of the problem is that, contrary to traditional wisdom, a universal generalization cannot be inferred just on the basis of reasoning about an arbitrary object. I argue in favor of a more sophisticated constraint on reasoning by universal generalization, one which undermines a rule-circular account of our knowledge of validity
Keywords rule-circular  validity  universal generalization
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-0068.2010.00746.x
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Epistemology and Cognition.Alvin I. Goldman - 1986 - Harvard University Press.
Two Dogmas of Empiricism.Willard V. O. Quine - 1951 - Philosophical Review 60 (1):20–43.
The Logical Basis of Metaphysics.Michael DUMMETT - 1991 - Harvard University Press.

View all 42 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Logical Non‐Cognitivism.Crispin Wright - 2018 - Philosophical Issues 28 (1):425-450.
What’s the Matter with Epistemic Circularity?David James Barnett - 2014 - Philosophical Studies 171 (2):177-205.
Truth, Revenge, and Internalizability.Kevin Scharp - 2014 - Erkenntnis 79 (S3):597-645.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

A Logical-Pragmatic Perspective on Validity.Adriano C. T. Rodrigues & Claudio E. M. Banzato - 2009 - Dialogues in Philosophy, Mental and Neuro Sciences 2 (2):40-44.
A Logic of Practical Reasoning.Georg Spielthenner - 2007 - Acta Analytica 22 (2):139-153.
On the Concept of Material Consequence.Tomis Kapitan - 1982 - History and Philosophy of Logic 3 (2):193-211.
Signs, Toy Models, and the A Priori.Lydia Patton - 2009 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 40 (3):281-289.
Conceptual Equivocation and Warrant by Reasoning.Mikkel Gerken - 2011 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 89 (3):381-400.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2010-07-02

Total views
403 ( #11,039 of 2,236,238 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
29 ( #21,454 of 2,236,238 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature