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The Rules of Thought$
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Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa and Benjamin W. Jarvis

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199661800

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661800.001.0001

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Intuition as a Source of Evidence?

Intuition as a Source of Evidence?

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(p.301) 13 Intuition as a Source of Evidence?
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The Rules of Thought
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Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa

Benjamin W. Jarvis

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661800.003.0014

This chapter generalizes the principal argument from the previous chapter in order to refute weak experientialist rationalism, the view that intuitions are a source of original, a priori propositional justification. The difference between perceptual experiences—which are a source of original propositional justification—and intuitions is explored and explained. The role that perceptual experience plays in bringing content into the cognitive system is highlighted, and it is argued that this role shows that, in spite of long-standing concerns, it is possible to make sense of the perceptual “given”. The Benacerraf-Field problem for the a priori is considered and a solution is offered.

Keywords:   intuitions, rationalism, perception, perceptual experience, the perceptual given, the Benacerraf-Field problem

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