Without Good Reason: The Rationality Debate in Philosophy and Cognitive Science

Paperback | November 1, 1997

byEdward Stein

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Are humans rational? Various experiments performed over the last several decades have been interpreted as showing that humans are irrational we make significant and consistent errors in logical reasoning, probabilistic reasoning, similarity judgements, and risk-assessment, to name a fewareas. But can these experiments establish human irrationality, or is it a conceptual truth that humans must be rational, as various philosophers have argued? In this book, Edward Stein offers a clear critical account of this debate about rationality in philosophy and cognitive science. He discusses concepts of rationality the pictures of rationality that the debate centres on and assesses the empirical evidence used to argue that humans areirrational. He concludes that the question of human rationality must be answered not conceptually but empirically, using the full resources of an advanced cognitive science. Furthermore, he extends this conclusion to argue that empirical considerations are also relevant to the theory of knowedge inother words, that epistemology should be naturalized. from the reviews: 'Stein has done a great service in bringing together all of the important arguments in the human rationality debate and providing a measured critical assessment of them. . . . This will be an important book and is essential reading for epistemologists, philosophers of mind, and coginitive andevolutionary psychologists.' IChoice 'very considerable value . . . for professionals' Times Higher Education Supplement

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Are humans rational? Various experiments performed over the last several decades have been interpreted as showing that humans are irrational, we make significant and consistent errors in logical reasoning, probabilistic reasoning, similarity judgements, and risk-assessment, to name a few areas. But can these experiments establish human...

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Are humans rational? Various experiments performed over the last several decades have been interpreted as showing that humans are irrational we make significant and consistent errors in logical reasoning, probabilistic reasoning, similarity judgements, and risk-assessment, to name a fewareas. But can these experiments establish human ...

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Are humans rational? Various experiments performed over the last several decades have been interpreted as showing that humans are irrational, we make significant and consistent errors in logical reasoning, probabilistic reasoning, similarity judgements, and risk-assessment, to name a few areas. But can these experiments establish human...

Edward Stein, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Yale University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:306 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.07 inPublished:November 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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1. Introduction2. Competence3. Psychological Evidence.4. Charity5. Reflective Equilibrium6. Evolution7. The Standard Picture8. ConclusionBibliographyIndex

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Are humans rational? Various experiments performed over the last several decades have been interpreted as showing that humans are irrational, we make significant and consistent errors in logical reasoning, probabilistic reasoning, similarity judgements, and risk-assessment, to name a few areas. But can these experiments establish human irrationality, or is it a conceptual truth that humans must be rational, as various philosophers have argued? In this book, Edward Stein offers a clear critical account of this debate about rationality in philosophy and cognitive science. He discusses concepts of rationality - the pictures of rationality that the debate centres - on and assesses the empirical evidence used to argue that humans are irrational. He concludes that the question of human rationality must be answered not conceptually but empirically, using the full resources of an advanced cognitive science. Furthermore, he extends this conclusion to argue that empirical considerations are also relevant to the theory of knowledge - in other words, that epistemology should

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`The book contains a particularly clear apraisal - the best in the literature, I thought - of arguments for the rationality thesis from the "principle of Charity". (C. 4), as well as a careful, thorough and sophisticated examination of the arguments which portray the rationality thesis as the... outcome of evolution by natural selection ... The whole book is written in a clear, lively and enjoyable style. It is carefully-argued throughout ... I strongly recommend it to lecturers and students of the philosophy of mind and cognition as the best comprehensive survey of the literature onrationality.'John Preston, Mind