The Rules of Thought

Paperback | April 23, 2016

byJonathan Jenkins Ichikawa, Benjamin W. Jarvis

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The Rules of Thought develops a rationalist theory of mental content while defending a traditional epistemology of philosophy. Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa and Benjamin W. Jarvis contend that a capacity for pure rational thought is fundamental to mental content itself and underwrites ourquotidian reasoning and extraordinary philosophical engagement alike. Part I of the book develops a Fregean theory of mental content, according to which rational relations between propositions play a central role in individuating contents; the theory is designed to be sensitive not only to Frege'spuzzle and other data that have motivated rationalist conceptions of content, but also to considerations in the philosophy of mind and language that have motivated neo-Russellian views. Part II articulates a theory of the a priori, and shows that, given the framework of Part I, it is very plausiblethat much philosophical work of interest is genuinely a priori. Notably, it is no part of the picture developed that intuitions have an important role to play, either in mental content, or in the epistemology of the a priori; Part III defends this departure from rationalist orthodoxy.

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The Rules of Thought develops a rationalist theory of mental content while defending a traditional epistemology of philosophy. Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa and Benjamin W. Jarvis contend that a capacity for pure rational thought is fundamental to mental content itself and underwrites ourquotidian reasoning and extraordinary philosophical ...

Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of British Columbia; he did his graduate work at Brown University and Rutgers University and post-doctoral work at the Arche Research Centre in St Andrews. He works primarily in epistemology and philosophical methodology; he has written papers on dreami...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pagesPublished:April 23, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: Objective Rules of ThoughtPart I: Propositions, Fregean Sense, and Rational Modality1. A Fregean Theory of Propositional Attitudes2. A Theory of Rational Modality3. The Psychological Realization of Fregean Sense4. The Sociability of a Fregean Theory5. Fregean Sense FirstPart II: Rationality, Apriority, and Philosophy6. A Theory of the A Priori7. A Priori Philosophy: Responses to Objections8. The Content of Thought-Experiment Judgments9. The Epistemology of Thought-Experiment Judgments10. Rational Imagination and Modal EpistemologyAppendix A: The misidentification responseAppendix B: Natural kindsPart III: Intuitions and Philosophy11. The Nature of Intuitions12. Against Strong Experiential Rationalism13. Intuition as a Source of Evidence?14. Experimental Philosophy and Philosophical MethodologyReferencesIndex

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"an impressive tome . . . that helps to crystallize a framework of ways of thinking and fundamental problems for the philosophy of philosophy . . . pro"' --Gurpreet Rattan, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews