Lecture_11_2x2 - Announcements and Such One Song Yes Classic Yes I've Seen All Good People Your Move/All Good People Inference The Extension of

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One Song — Yes, Classic Yes I’ve Seen All Good People: Your Move/All Good People No office hours for Branden on Thursday. Schedule Change: Only 1 lecture on Testimony. We may/may not add another lecture (stay tuned). So, we’re one-day ahead on the schedule (for now). Some beliefs arise from a process of inference. This is a psychological claim about how beliefs arise , not an epistemic claim — it’s not normative . Not every inferential process will be a good one — in the sense of leading from truths to truths. Often (as in math/logic, explicit philosophy) we consciously infer a conclusion from premises. But, inference — as a mental process need not be conscious . What’s important is that one belief is caused to arise by other beliefs (in a particular way). This is psychological/causal dependence of beliefs. Inferential formation is to be contrasted with other ( direct ) non - inferential formations of belief — e.g. , perceptual, memorial, testimonial, introspective… Inference: Psychology vs Epistemology I Beliefs and inferences are mental states and processes. These are psychological entities. But, the contents or objects of beliefs are not psychological (but, logical ) — these are bearers of truth and falsity (we’ve been calling these propositions ). Example: when I infer a proposition p from a set of propositions Q , I start out believing each member of Q , and I end-up believing p (in addition to Q ). The inferring , and believing are psychological , but what I believe and infer ( p and Q ) are not. It’s crucial to stay clear on the psychological vs epistemic aspects of inference. We’ll mainly be interested in the epistemic, of course. But, it’s important to think about both. Inference: Psychology vs Epistemology II Psychological sense: inferential process . Logical/Epistemic sense: inferential content . Example: I believe (at t0 ) that ( p ) Alberto has Lyme disease, and ( q ) Lyme disease is caused by ticks. I infer from p, q (at t1 ) that ( r ) Alberto was bitten by a tick. In this case, the inferential process is how my mental state evolves from t0 to t1 . But, the inferential content is an argument that has p and q as its premises , and r as its conclusion . Inferential content can mirror (the structure of) inferential process, but they are distinct. This need not involve “saying” (even subconsciously) “therefore”. What matters is how my belief that r is based on/depends on my beliefs that p and that q .
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