Inference Is Not a Process

Kietzmann C (2021)

Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2021


DOI: 10.1080/00048402.2021.1962928


Inference, understood as a form of conscious and active belief-revision, has recently attracted much interest among philosophers of mind. Many writings on the topic depict inference as a kind of process. However, this assumption is, to my knowledge, nowhere explicitly justified or even reflected upon. In this paper, I argue that the assumption is wrong: while processes take time, it is not possible that inferences take time. Both claims are conceptual observations. It is therefore conceptually impossible that the mental act of inferring is a process.

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Kietzmann, C. (2021). Inference Is Not a Process. Australasian Journal of Philosophy.


Kietzmann, Christian. "Inference Is Not a Process." Australasian Journal of Philosophy (2021).

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