Talk: Corine Besson (Sussex)
Logical Generality and the Possibility of Deductive Reasoning.
In this talk, I address a type of circularity threat that arises for the view that we employ general basic logical principles in deductive reasoning. This type of threat has been used to argue that whatever knowing such principles is, it cannot be a fully cognitive or propositional state, otherwise deductive reasoning would not be possible. I answer this threat in a way that both challenges the view that we need to apply general logical principles in deductive reasoning and defuses the challenge to a cognitivist account of knowing basic logical principles.