Review of Metaphysics 30 (3):522-523 (1977)

This volume contains twelve previously published essays, dealing with non-formal modes of inference, with some specifically logical issues, with language and symbolic representation, with Goodman, Chomsky, and Skinner. In the first, "Reasonableness," we are told that "it would be heroic folly to aspire to be reasonable in all situations," and that reasonableness turns out to be "a somewhat humdrum, pedestrian virtue, involving... a problematic calculation of probabilities and expected values in situations of inescapable fallibility." Still, we are happily told that "in a situation in which it is uncertain which action to take, an action is reasonable if there is some sufficient reason to take it, and no better reason to choose one of the alternatives."
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