Aspects of Rationality: Reflections on What It Means To Be by Raymond S. Nickerson

By Raymond S. Nickerson

What does it suggest to be rational – to cause good and successfully? How does rationality, largely conceived, relate to the information one acquires, the ideals one kinds, the reasons one constructs or appropriates, the judgments and judgements one makes, the values one adopts? what's the personality of human reasoning and, particularly, does it are usually rational?

Much has been written approximately human rationality – or lack thereof. in recent times, a few writers have centred awareness on the numerous ways that humans look to not be rational, not less than if being rational is taken to intend constantly pondering or behaving based on a few normative typical. Others have argued that, if human reasoning is as incorrect as this paintings indicates, it's a ask yourself that we, as a species, are round to note the fact.

This ebook examines a lot of the experimental examine on reasoning because it pertains to a number of conceptions of rationality, no longer constrained to conformity of inspiration and behaviour or to the dictates of 1 or one other normative process. The dialogue makes a speciality of particular issues that symbolize crucial points of any accurately inclusive perception of rationality: intelligence and information; ideals; ambitions, values and have an effect on; motives; judgment and selection; figuring out and wisdom.

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Simon, 1983/1990, p. 190) Is it the epistemologist’s job to discover the canons of rationality, or to define them? If the former is the case, where does one look in the hope of making the discovery? How does one know when one has made it? And if the task is to defi ne what it means to be rational, who is going to pass judgment on the adequacy of the defi nitions that are proposed? It does not suffice simply to point to logic as the ultimate standard, because there are many different logics no single one of which is strong enough to serve as a foundation for human knowledge; and taken together they are not sufficiently coherent to do so.

Indd 33 10/24/2007 10:05:01 AM 3 4 Aspects of Rationality Evans and his colleagues (Evans, 1993; Evans, Over, & Maktelow, 1993) argue that failure to distinguish between a conception of rationality that emphasizes behavior that is appropriate to one’s goals and one that stresses conformity to norms has led to some confusion; on the other hand, recognition of the distinction helps to resolve the paradox that people can be intelligent and cognitively effective while, at the same time, being chronically biased in their reasoning.

For this assertion to be meaningful, given the normal use of language, it means that we would not also assert that the law is true. But in making this observation, we are implicitly acknowledging the very law we have just asserted to be false. Asserting the law to be false leads to a situation that probably most of us would consider absurd; in recognizing the absurdity, we have made use of the principle in question, but can it be said that we have justified it, beyond illustrating its intuitive compellingness?

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