Normativity in reasoning

John Broome*

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    Reasoning is a process through which premise-attitudes give rise to a conclusion-attitude. When you reason actively you operate on the propositions that are the contents of your premise-attitudes, following a rule, to derive a new proposition that is the content of your conclusion-attitude. It may seem that, when you follow a rule, you must, at least implicitly, have the normative belief that you ought to comply with the rule, which guides you to comply. But I argue that to follow a rule is to manifest a particular sort of disposition, which can be interpreted as an intention. An intention is itself a guiding disposition. It can guide you to comply with a rule, and no normative belief is required.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)622-633
    Number of pages12
    JournalPacific Philosophical Quarterly
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014


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