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The Rules of Thought

Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa and Benjamin W. Jarvis


The Rules of Thought develops a Fregean theory of mental content and a rationalist approach to epistemology. According to the Fregean theory of mental content developed in Part I, content and rationality are deeply connected; what it is to think is to be governed by certain normative rational relations—quite literally the “rules of thought.” This conceptual role theory differs from prominent alternatives in the literature by allowing a rather sophisticated (and indirect) psychological realization of the core inferential patterns that are constitutive of contents. Part II applies t ... More

Keywords: theory of content, conceptual role, normativity of content, rationalism, a priori, epistemology of philosophy, intuitions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199661800
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661800.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa, author
University of British Columbia

Benjamin W. Jarvis, author
Queen's University Belfast