An appeal to skepticism about reasoning

Unaided and aided reasoning Humans reason about many things. Some things are more complex than other things. The more complex a thing is, the more probably it is that one will reason wrongly about it. For simple things the probability of unaided reasoning reasoning wrongly is not high. For complex things the probability of unaided…

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Physical impossibility and ought implies can

I was watching The Unbearable Lightness of Being when a scene suddenly made me realize a possible problem with regularity theory of physical laws and the ought implies can principle. Regularity theory’s view of physical impossibility Regularity theory implies that what it means to say that something is physically impossible is just to say that…

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Quote: Bertrand Russell

“Philosophy, throughout its history, has consisted of two parts inharmoniously blended; on the one hand a theory as to the nature of the world, on the other an ethical or political doctrine as to the best way of living. The failure to separate these two with sufficient clarity has been a source of much confused…

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Induction, deduction and the lack of justification

It has been thought for many years (especially since Hume’s first Enquiry1) that induction lacks a justification. This justification for induction, it has been thought for long, is necessarily if it is rational to use induction. The argument for why there is no justification, indeed there cannot be a justification, can be presented like this:…

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Human rationality

Induction and deduction are foundational to human rationality because it is impossible for a human to stop using them. Indeed what it means to be humanly rational is that one uses these reasoning systems. There is no sense in trying to discover any justification for these two reasoning systems because even if we discovered that…

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