Inferences First (Romina Padró)

The Logic and Metaphysics Workshop will meet on March 18th from 4:15-6:15 in room 7314 of the CUNY Graduate Center for a talk by Romina Padró (CUNY).

Title: Inferences First

AbstractTwo ways of giving an epistemic justification of basic logical principles will be introduced, intuition-based accounts and concept or meaning constitution-based accounts. We will briefly consider different versions of these views and argue that they face parallel dilemmas. While ‘robust’ accounts are subject to what I call the ‘adoption problem,’ ‘weak’ accounts fail to ground our basic inferential dispositions. Either way, intuitions and meaning-constituting rules turn out to be irrelevant. A more general moral for the epistemology of logic and its priorities will be drawn from the discussion.

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