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Reasoning: Studies of Human Inference and its Foundations Hardcover – May 12, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0521848152 ISBN-10: 0521848156 Edition: 1st

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"This book provides a very comprehensive, almost encyclopedic overview in the general area of reasoning. It encompasses psychological research and philosophical considerations of inductive paradoxes, along with useful sections on argumentation, reasoning and cultures, emotions and reasoning, abduction, and belief change. [...] Readers would benefit from a background in introductory logic or a familiarity with the history and practice of formal reasoning, especially for those articles in which formalization predominates over natural language. [...], this worthwhile book will benefit a wide range of readers since most of the articles deal with problems and issues that are fundamental to understanding the various ways that reasoning works, can work in context, or could work to inform prescriptions in ethics or arguments addressed to the best explanations. Recommended."
--J. Gough, Red Deer College, CHOICE

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This interdisciplinary work is a collection of major essays on reasoning: deductive, inductive, abductive, belief revision, defeasible (non-monotonic), cross cultural, conversational, and argumentative. The book focuses on foundational issues, including paradoxes, fallacies, and debates about the nature of rationality, the traditional modes of reasoning as well as counterfactual and causal reasoning. It also includes chapters on the interface between reasoning and other forms of thought.
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  • Hardcover: 1072 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (May 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521848156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521848152
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 2.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,612,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Scriven on May 23, 2009
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I happen to have written an earlier book with this title, a text that McGraw-Hill kept in print for more than ten years, so I have considerable interest in the topic, and still publish/teach in the area. That book isn't referenced in this one, so I'm not favorably biased towards it, and might be unfavorably biased if touchy, but as you'll see, I'm not.

This book is an authoritative collection of current and recent work in the multidisciplinary interface between psychology, computer science, critical thinking, and education. It's slanted towards to the AI side, weak on the critical thinking/informal logic side, which is a serious weakness, but essential for the researcher in the middle of these areas or the advanced grad seminar instructor in the area.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cvairag VINE VOICE on June 3, 2009
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What we have here, taken as a whole, represents an incredible achievement: an overarching anthology of 'state of the art' papers addressing the major issues in the field of logic and it's interface with the burgeoning scientific research into human cognition. Although the table of contents is not accessible on Amazon, it can and should be reviewed on CUP's website by any individual intending to invest money and time in this massive tome, for that investment must be substantial. Written by the usual suspects, highly regarded and paid expert scholars from the top universities in the occident, the book is weighty in every sense. Beginning with the basics, it requires some effort simply to remove it from the shelf and port it to a reading table. I do not pretend to have read the work in its entirety or to any extent approximating such an effort. In fact, I would challange anyone, even those imbued with the old-fashioned enlightment reverence for reason to complete a reading of "Reasoning" in an uninterupted, sustained series of readings. One would really have to be gung ho to do that to oneself.
I would further claim that it is more than likely that there are less 5,000 persons (you don't have to translate) in the world who could understand all that is written here, in its stated analyses and their implications, and in the highest probability, far less. By it's very inception, the project expressed here is somewhat, if not, decisively, exclusive. One must consider this observation, when one reads such advice as given above that one should have a knowledge of "introductory logic" before acquiring this volume. After all, most of us are interested in knowing more about reasoning and how to do it better.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rohit on August 6, 2008
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This is a wonderful collection of essays on reasoning - if professional logicians were to spend a few weeks going over the papers in this book, it would very much flesh out their current state of knowledge of their own subject which is currently too dry and too little connected with how people actually think.
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This was written to be an anthology of the work on various kinds of reasoning, and it does cover many kinds of reasoning, including analogy, case-based, etc. What it doesn't have is anything about mathematical reasoning. It's worth the price, if you want to get a broad view of what's been written. Some of it is new. Some of it consists of reprinted articles.
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