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This month, we talk to Nic Koziolek (Auburn University) about some big, meaty topics, including but not limited to thought, judgment, belief, reasoning, and knowledge. Click here to listen to our conversation.

We engage in reasoning on a constant basis. Here’s an example of the kind of reasoning I engage in all the time: they’re working on the water main, my car is parked right in front of the water main, I want them to be able to work on the water main, so I guess I have to go move it. Whenever you combine different things you know and ‘project’ from them onto a new thing that you end up learning, you’re reasoning. Our guest this month is interested in the fact that there are different ways this process can go wrong. There might be a conclusion you should draw, but you fail to draw it. That’s one kind of mistake. Another kind of mistake happens when you go ahead and draw some conclusion, but it’s the wrong conclusion. It may seem simple, but coming up with an account of what belief and reasoning are that neatly explains how you can reason incorrectly in those two different ways is a lot trickier than it looks.

Join us as our guest navigates these deep and interesting philosophical waters!

Matt Teichman