Justificationists Anonymous: Why We Can All Be Critical Rationalists
18 Pages Posted: 23 May 2008 Last revised: 26 May 2008
Date Written: May 2008
Why is Critical Rationalism not widely accepted? The perceived need for "good reasons" sourced in inductive verification has always mired Rationalism in a seemingly insoluble infinite regress. Critical Rationalism, on the other hand, cuts the Gordian knot by simply dispensing with any kind of verficatory support. David Miller attributes the "Mainstream's" stubborn resistance to Critical Rationalism to an addiction to so-called "good reasons". This paper suggests causes of this addiction: the craving for propositions that are in some way "forced" on us, our need to prioritise the criticism of propositions and the need to regulate interpersonal actions. The paper goes on to contend that Popperian corroboration is able to remove all and any need for verification.
Keywords: Critical Rationalism, Rationalism, Justification, Verification, Popper, Miller
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