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Competence, reflective equilibrium, and dual-system theories

  • Wesley Buckwalter (a1) and Stephen Stich (a2)

A critique of inferences from “is” to “ought” plays a central role in Elqayam & Evans' (E&E's) defense of descriptivism. However, the reflective equilibrium strategy described by Goodman and embraced by Rawls, Cohen, and many others poses an important challenge to that critique. Dual-system theories may help respond to that challenge.

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L. J. Cohen (1981) Can human irrationality be experimentally demonstrated? Behavioral and Brain Sciences 4:317–70.

S. Stich (1981) Inferential competence: Right you are if you think you are. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 4(3):353–54.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
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