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Rationality + Consciousness = Free Will$
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David Hodgson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199845309

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199845309.001.0001

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How Gestalts Promote Rationality

How Gestalts Promote Rationality

(p.98) 6 How Gestalts Promote Rationality
Rationality + Consciousness = Free Will

David Hodgson

Oxford University Press

In Chapter 6, I consider in more detail how the grasp of gestalts contributes to reasonable decision-making, in particular (1) by non-human animals that have conscious experiences somewhat like ours, (2) in making aesthetic judgments, and (3) in plausible reasoning generally. My conclusion is that indeed our reasonable decision-making utilises conscious experiences in which we grasp and respond to whole feature-rich gestalts in ways that are not determined by laws or rules.

Keywords:   judgments, what is to be done, significance, analogies, approximations, aesthetic merit, plausible reasoning, intentionality, understanding

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