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Lines of ThoughtCentral Concepts in Cognitive Psychology$
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Lance Rips

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195183054

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183054.001.0001

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Conclusions: Cognitive Structure

Conclusions: Cognitive Structure

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(p.359) 7 Conclusions: Cognitive Structure
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Lines of Thought
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Lance J. Rips (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183054.003.0008

This chapter looks at the problem of where we get our beliefs about the possibility or necessity of certain states of affairs. It argues that there are innate aspects of the cognitive operating system that include processes like recursion and instantiation, and these underlie the necessity of logical and mathematical thought. It considers the issue of whether one can legitimately take a similar position with respect to causal systems.

Keywords:   deduction, mathematics, causal knowledge, cognition, perception

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