The Resource The enigma of reason, Hugo Mercier ; Dan Sperber

The enigma of reason, Hugo Mercier ; Dan Sperber

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The enigma of reason
Title
The enigma of reason
Statement of responsibility
Hugo Mercier ; Dan Sperber
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Language
eng
Summary
Reason, we are told, is what makes us human, the source of our knowledge and wisdom. If reason is so useful, why didn't it also evolve in other animals? If reason is that reliable, why do we produce so much thoroughly reasoned nonsense? In their groundbreaking account of the evolution and workings of reason, Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber set out to solve this double enigma. Reason, they argue with a compelling mix of real-life and experimental evidence, is not geared to solitary use, to arriving at better beliefs and decisions on our own. What reason does, rather, is help us justify our beliefs and actions to others, convince them through argumentation, and evaluate the justifications and arguments that others address to us. In other words, reason helps humans better exploit their uniquely rich social environment. This interactionist interpretation explains why reason may have evolved and how it fits with other cognitive mechanisms. It makes sense of strengths and weaknesses that have long puzzled philosophers and psychologists--why reason is biased in favor of what we already believe, why it may lead to terrible ideas and yet is indispensable to spreading good ones.--
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Mercier, Hugo
Dewey number
128/.33
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
B833
LC item number
.M47 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Sperber, Dan
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  • Reason
  • Reason
  • Reason
  • Reason
Label
The enigma of reason, Hugo Mercier ; Dan Sperber
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: A double enigma -- Part I. Shaking dogma: Reason on trial -- Psychologists' travails -- Part II. Understanding inference: From unconscious inferences to intuitions -- Modularity -- Cognitive opportunism -- Metarepresentations -- Part III. Rethinking reason: How we use reasons -- Could reason be a module? -- Reasoning: intuition and reflection -- Reason: what is it for? -- Part IV. What reason can and cannot do -- Why is reasoning biased? -- Quality control: how we evaluate arguments -- The dark side of reason -- A reason for everything -- The bright side of reason -- Part V. Reason in the wild: Is human reason universal? -- Reasoning about moral and political topics -- Solitary geniuses? -- Conclusion: In praise of reason after all
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
vi, 396 pages
Isbn
9780674368309
Lccn
2016050637
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 1542355
  • (OCoLC)959650235
  • 1537551
  • (OCoLC)ocn959650235
Label
The enigma of reason, Hugo Mercier ; Dan Sperber
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: A double enigma -- Part I. Shaking dogma: Reason on trial -- Psychologists' travails -- Part II. Understanding inference: From unconscious inferences to intuitions -- Modularity -- Cognitive opportunism -- Metarepresentations -- Part III. Rethinking reason: How we use reasons -- Could reason be a module? -- Reasoning: intuition and reflection -- Reason: what is it for? -- Part IV. What reason can and cannot do -- Why is reasoning biased? -- Quality control: how we evaluate arguments -- The dark side of reason -- A reason for everything -- The bright side of reason -- Part V. Reason in the wild: Is human reason universal? -- Reasoning about moral and political topics -- Solitary geniuses? -- Conclusion: In praise of reason after all
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
vi, 396 pages
Isbn
9780674368309
Lccn
2016050637
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 1542355
  • (OCoLC)959650235
  • 1537551
  • (OCoLC)ocn959650235

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