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University of Windsor

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Paper

Keywords

conductive argument, reflective equilibrium, John Rawls, Carl Wellman, W.T. Stace, Henry Aiken, H. L. A. Hart, judgment, moral philosophy

Start Date

18-5-2011 9:00 AM

End Date

21-5-2011 5:00 PM

Abstract

In this paper I compare and contrast Rawls’s notion of reflective equilibrium with Wellman‘s notion of conductive argument. In the course of so doing I will address two key questions: (1) Are conduc-tive argument and reflective equilibrium best understood as modes of reasoning or types of argument? and (2) What relationship (logical, pragmatic, etc.), if any, is there between them?

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Wide reflective equilibrium and conductive argument

University of Windsor

In this paper I compare and contrast Rawls’s notion of reflective equilibrium with Wellman‘s notion of conductive argument. In the course of so doing I will address two key questions: (1) Are conduc-tive argument and reflective equilibrium best understood as modes of reasoning or types of argument? and (2) What relationship (logical, pragmatic, etc.), if any, is there between them?