Practical Reasoning In 11 Easy Steps


The nature of practical reasoning is a matter of considerable philosophical interest, particularly the extent to which the process can be understood in terms of standard (i.e. deductive) reasoning, and what form it might take. Even were it to turn out, e.g. as per Aristotle, that essential elements cannot be accommodated deductively, it would still remain of interest to delimit any and all respects that can be so accommodated. In the following I wish to demonstrate that the culmination of a typical deliberative process can be represented deductively.

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Gerald Hull
State University of New York at Binghamton


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