London Branch Seminar
We contend that assessment of reasoning at school may be ineffective because it overlooks aspects of rationality illuminated by Brandom’s inferentialism––the view that conceptual content coincides with the inferential role of linguistic expressions in public discourse. More particularly, we argue that tests at schools may fail to accurately assess the possession of a concept or the lack of it, for they only check the verbal outputs of pupils, without detecting the inferences used by them. We suggest that school tests should enable pupils to contribute to what Brandom calls the game of giving and asking for reasons.
Alessia Marabini (PhD, Bologna) is a member of the Research Group Cogito (University of Bologna), her investigation areas are the nature of inference, the a priori, and the philosophy of education.
Luca Moretti (PhD, KCL) is a Reader in Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen and a Visiting Professor at the Munich Centre for Mathematical Philosophy, his investigation areas are epistemology and philosophical logic.
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