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

Edward Stein

Abstract

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? This book offers a critical account of this debate about rationality in philosophy and cognitive science. It discusses concepts of rationality – the pic ... More

Keywords: humans, rationality, irrationality, philosophy, cognitive science, epistemology, theory of knowledge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198237730
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198237730.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward Stein, author
Yale University