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

Edward Stein


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

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


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward Stein, author
Yale University

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