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Perception and Reason$
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Bill Brewer

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250455

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199250456.001.0001

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Reasons Require Conceptual Contents

Reasons Require Conceptual Contents

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(p.149) 5 Reasons Require Conceptual Contents
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Perception and Reason
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Bill Brewer (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199250456.003.0005

Argues that reasons require conceptual contents. That is to say, a person has a reason for believing something only if he is in some mental state or other with a representational content that is characterizable only in terms of concepts that the subject himself must possess and that is of a form that enables it to serve as a premiss or the conclusion of a deductive argument, or of an inference of some other kind (e.g. inductive or abductive).

Keywords:   abduction, concept, conceptual content, deduction, induction, inference, reason, representational content

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