, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 97-104

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Justification, Discovery, Reason & Argument

  • Larry WrightAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, University of California

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In distinguishing justification from discovery, the logical empiricists hoped to avoid confusing causal matters with normative ones. Exaggerating the virtue of this distinction, however, has disguised from us important features of the concept of a reason as it functions in human practice. Surfacing those features gives some insight into reasoning and argument.

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