The ontology of epistemic reasons

Noûs 43 (3):490-512 (2009)

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John Turri
University of Waterloo
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Epistemic reasons are mental states. They are not propositions or non-mental facts. The discussion proceeds as follows. Section 1 introduces the topic. Section 2 gives two concrete examples of how our topic directly affects the internalism/externalism debate in normative epistemology. Section 3 responds to an argument against the view that reasons are mental states. Section 4 presents two problems for the view that reasons are propositions. Section 5 presents two problems for the view that reasons are non-mental facts. Section 6 argues that reasons are mental states. Section 7 responds to objections.
Keywords Reasons  ontology  metaepistemology
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DOI 10.1111/j.1468-0068.2009.00715.x
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