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Inferential transitions

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This paper provides a naturalistic account of inference. We posit that the core of inference is constituted by bare inferential transitions (BITs), transitions between discursive mental representations guided by rules built into the architecture of cognitive systems. In further developing the concept of BITs, we provide an account of what Boghossian [2014] calls ‘taking’—that is, the appreciation of the rule that guides an inferential transition. We argue that BITs are sufficient for implicit...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1080/00048402.2017.1358754

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Humanities Division
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
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Publisher:
Routledge Publisher's website
Journal:
Australasian Journal of Philosophy Journal website
Volume:
96
Issue:
3
Pages:
532-547
Publication date:
2017-08-27
Acceptance date:
2017-07-16
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EISSN:
1471-6828
ISSN:
0004-8402
Pubs id:
pubs:826689
URN:
uri:9452c6ed-ba35-451c-9ac8-6c0bb014af29
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uuid:9452c6ed-ba35-451c-9ac8-6c0bb014af29
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pubs:826689

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