Not too Proud to Beg (the Question): Why Inferentialism Cannot Account for the a Priori
Abstract:The inferentialist account of the a priori says that basic logical beliefs can be justified by way of rule circular inference. I argue that this account of the a priori fails to skirt the charge of begging the question, that the reasons offered in support of it are weak and that it makes justifying logical beliefs too easy. I also argue that recent modifications to inferentialism spell doom for it as a general theory of a priori justification.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: April 1, 2006