Acta Analytica 28 (4):471-482 (2013)

Julian Fink
Universität Bayreuth
This paper argues that practical reasoning is a mental process which leads a person from a set of existent mental states to an intention. In Section 1, I defend this view against two other proposals according to which practical reasoning either concludes in an action itself or in a normative belief. Section 2 discusses the correctness of practical reasoning and explains how the correctness of instrumental reasoning can be explained by the logical relations that hold between the contents of the mental states. In Section 3, I explore the correctness of normative practical reasoning. I conclude with the sceptical view that correct practical reasoning cannot require us to intend to do what we believe we ought to do.
Keywords Practical reasoning  Normative reasoning  Instrumental reasoning  Correct reasoning
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DOI 10.1007/s12136-013-0191-7
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