Coherence in Thought and Action

Paperback | July 26, 2002

byPaul Thagard

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This book is an essay on how people make sense of each other and the world they live in. Making sense is the activity of fitting something puzzling into a coherent pattern of mental representations that include concepts, beliefs, goals, and actions. Paul Thagard proposes a general theory of coherence as the satisfaction of multiple interacting constraints, and discusses the theory's numerous psychological and philosophical applications. Much of human cognition can be understood in terms of coherence as constraint satisfaction, and many of the central problems of philosophy can be given coherence-based solutions. Thagard shows how coherence can help to unify psychology and philosophy, particularly when addressing questions of epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, politics, and aesthetics. He also shows how coherence can integrate cognition and emotion.

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This book is an essay on how people make sense of each other and the world they live in. Making sense is the activity of fitting something puzzling into a coherent pattern of mental representations that include concepts, beliefs, goals, and actions. Paul Thagard proposes a general theory of coherence as the satisfaction of multiple int...

Paul Thagard is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. He is the author of Mind: Introduction to Cognitive Science and Hot Thought: Mechanisms and Applications of Emotional Cognition, both published by the MIT Press, and other books.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 0.75 inPublished:July 26, 2002Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0262700921

ISBN - 13:9780262700924

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