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The Enigma of Reason

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$18.95 • £13.95 • €17.00

ISBN 9780674237827

Publication Date: 03/04/2019


408 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

10 photos, 7 illus., 2 tables

North America only

  • Introduction: A Double Enigma
  • I. Shaking Dogma
    • 1. Reason on Trial
    • 2. Psychologists’ Travails
  • II. Understanding Inference
    • 3. From Unconscious Inferences to Intuitions
    • 4. Modularity
    • 5. Cognitive Opportunism
    • 6. Metarepresentations
  • III. Rethinking Reason
    • 7. How We Use Reasons
    • 8. Could Reason Be a Module?
    • 9. Reasoning: Intuition and Reflection
    • 10. Reason: What Is It For?
  • IV. What Reason Can and Cannot Do
    • 11. Why Is Reasoning Biased?
    • 12. Quality Control: How We Evaluate Arguments
    • 13. The Dark Side of Reason
    • 14. A Reason for Everything
    • 15. The Bright Side of Reason
  • V. Reason in the Wild
    • 16. Is Human Reason Universal?
    • 17. Reasoning about Moral and Political Topics
    • 18. Solitary Geniuses?
  • Conclusion: In Praise of Reason after All
  • Notes
  • References
  • Acknowledgments
  • Illustration Credits
  • Index

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