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Reasoning: A Social Picture

Anthony Simon Laden


Most philosophical and social scientific work that discusses reason starts from a picture of reason that treats the activity of reasoning as a means of navigating our environment in the pursuit of various ends. This book offers an alternative, social picture of reasoning that pictures the activity of reasoning as a way of interacting with others that is reciprocal and responsive. On this picture, reasoning is to be contrasted with other forms of interaction, such as commanding or deferring. Reasoning is characterized as a social, ongoing activity that involves people inviting others to take wh ... More

Keywords: reasoning, reason, reciprocity, responsiveness, living together, social, conversation, deliberation, norms, authority

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199606191
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606191.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony Simon Laden, author
University of Illinois at Chicago