Beyond Rationality: The Search for Wisdom in a Troubled Time

Hardcover | January 18, 2007

byKenneth R. Hammond

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With Beyond Rationality, Kenneth R. Hammond, one of the most respected and experienced experts in judgment and decision-making, sums up his life's work and persuasively argues that decisions should be based on balance and pragmatism rather than rigid ideologies. Hammond has long focused on the dichotomy between theories of correspondence, whereby arguments correspond with reality, and coherence, whereby arguments strive to be internally consistent. He has persistently proposed a middle approach that draws from both of these modes of thought and so avoidsthe blunders of either extreme. In this volume, Hammond shows how particular ways of thinking that are common in the political process have led to the mistaken judgments that created our current political crisis. He illustrates this argument by analyzing penetrating case studies emphasizing thepolitical consequences that arise when decision makers consciously or unconsciously ignore their adversaries' particular mode of thought. These analyses range from why Kennedy and Khruschev misunderstood each other to why Colin Powell erred in his judgments over the presence of weapons of massdestruction in Iraq. For anyone concerned about the current state of politics in the U.S. and where it will lead us, Beyond Rationality is required reading.

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With Beyond Rationality, Kenneth R. Hammond, one of the most respected and experienced experts in judgment and decision-making, sums up his life's work and persuasively argues that decisions should be based on balance and pragmatism rather than rigid ideologies. Hammond has long focused on the dichotomy between theories of corresponden...

Kenneth R. Hammond is Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Former Director of the Center for Research on Judgment and Policy at the University of Colorado, Boulder. A past president of the Society for Judgment and Decision-Making, he is the author of Judgments Under Stress (OUP, 1999), Human Judgment and Social Policy (OUP, 1996) and ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 1.3 inPublished:January 18, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195311744

ISBN - 13:9780195311747

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Table of Contents

Part One1. The new search for wisdom2. Combating UncertaintyPart Two: Strategies of Human Judgment3. The Strategy of Seeking Correspondence Competence4. The (Mis)Judgments of Colin Powell5. The Strategy of Seeking Coherence Competence6. 7. How the Drive for Coherence Brings down UtopiasPart Three: Tactics of Human Judgment8. Continuums9. The Cognitive Continuum at the Supreme Court10. Intuition: Seeking Empirical Accuracy the Easy Way11. Analysis: Seeking Empirical the Hard Way12. Intuition: Seeking Rationality the Easy Way13. Analysis: Seeking Rationality the Hard Way14. Robert Rubin: Embedded in an Uncertain WorldPart Four: Themes Guiding Research15. Current Themes16. The Author's ThemePart Five: Conclusion17. Trying to Learn from History with Bernard Lewis and Jared Diamond18. Toward Better Practices19. Ineptitude and the Tools of War20. The New Search for Wisdom

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"We all make decisions, and we hope that they are wise ones. In Beyond Rationality Ken Hammond guides us on the journey from rationalism and romanticism to wisdom. He draws on psychology, philosophy, anthropology, economics, and politics to give us insight not only into our own judgmentprocesses, but also into those of great thinkers throughout our history. With insightful and incisive style, Hammond translates scholarly research into everyday language. He takes the strategies and tactics of judgment and decision-making theory and demonstrates how readers can use them in thesearch for wisdom in a troubled time." --Kathleen Mosier, Chair, Department of Psychology, San Francisco State University