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Anti-Exceptionalism and the Justification of Basic Logical Principles

Carlson, Matthew (2022) Anti-Exceptionalism and the Justification of Basic Logical Principles. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Anti-exceptionalism about logic is the thesis that logic is not special. In this paper, I consider, and reject, a challenge to this thesis. According
to this challenge, there are basic logical principles, and part of what makes such
principles basic is that they are epistemically exceptional. Thus, according to this
challenge, the existence of basic logical principles provides reason to reject anti-exceptionalism
about logic. I argue that this challenge fails, and that the exceptionalist
positions motivated by it are thus unfounded. I make this case by disambiguating two
senses of `basic' and showing that, once this disambiguation is taken into account, the
best reason we have for thinking that there are basic principles actually implies that
those principles do not require a special epistemology. Consequently, the existence of
basic logical principles provides reason to accept, rather than reject, anti-exceptionalism concerning the epistemology of logic. I conclude by explaining how an abductivist, anti-exceptionalist
approach to the epistemology of logic can accommodate the notion of basic logical
principles.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Carlson, Matthew0000-0002-2193-9952
Keywords: anti-exceptionalism, epistemology of logic, basic logical principles, abductivism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Epistemology
Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Logic
Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Proof
Depositing User: Dr. Matthew Carlson
Date Deposited: 07 May 2022 16:23
Last Modified: 07 May 2022 16:23
Item ID: 20560
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Epistemology
Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Logic
Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Proof
Date: 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20560

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