Without Good Reason: The Rationality Debate in Philosophy... and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Color:
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

 


or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Start reading Without Good Reason on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Without Good Reason: The Rationality Debate in Philosophy and Cognitive Science (Clarendon Library of Logic & Philosophy) [Hardcover]

by Edward Stein
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

List Price: $99.00
Price: $83.00 & FREE Shipping. Details
You Save: $16.00 (16%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Want it Monday, April 28? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $62.64  
Hardcover $83.00  
Paperback --  
Sell Us Your Books
Get up to 80% back when you sell us your books, even if you didn't buy them at Amazon. Learn more

Book Description

January 25, 1996 0198235747 978-0198235743
In this book, Edward Stein offers a clear critical account of the debate about rationality in philosophy and cognitive science. He discusses concepts of rationality--the pictures of rationality on which the debate centers--and assesses the empirical evidence used to argue that humans are irrational. He concludes that the question of human rationality must be answered not conceptually but empirically, using the full resources of an advanced cognitive science. Furthermore, he extends this conclusion to argue that empirical considerations are also relevant to the theory of knowledge--in other words, that epistemology should be naturalized.

Editorial Reviews

Review


"Stein has done a great service in bringing together all of the important arguments in the human rationality debate and providing a measured critical assessment of them....This will be an important book and is essential reading for epistemologists, philosophers of mind, and cognitive and evolutionary psychologists."--Choice


About the Author

Edward Stein is at New York University.

Product Details

  • Series: Clarendon Library of Logic & Philosophy
  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (January 25, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198235747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198235743
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,794,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
(2)
4.5 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Philosopher Addresses a Scientific Question November 17, 2005
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Do humans have the normative principles of reasoning in their reasoning competence? A positive answer was assumed by most scientists, economists, and philosophers (pace Freud, Nietzsche et al.), until the stunning variety of experiments by Daniel Kahneman, Amos Tversky and their coworkers began to appear in the early 1970's. Their results convinced large numbers of psychologists that people deviate systematically from the generally accepted principles of reasoning.

Many, however, disagreed with this interpretation, arguing that the logical and mathematical mistakes people routinely make in the laboratory are due to misunderstanding (e.g., logical connectives mean different things in formal logic and everyday discourse) or performance error (the problems are very hard, and few could solve them without a course or two in probability theory), among other explanations. Stein's book is a very systematic and detailed review of the arguments, and is well worth reading, both for the uninitiated and those who have closely followed this debate. Stein concludes that the question is an empirical one, and the evidence is not yet all in.

I completely agree with Stein's assessment, although I think the evidence is strongly in favor of the rationality thesis: errors in the lab are mostly performance error and misunderstanding. This is not to trivialize the actual findings of Kahneman et al. Far from it. Most humans deviate systematically from the precepts of probability theory, and it is to their disadvantage. People have strange and incorrect ideas about "lucky streaks," they do not understand the Law of Insufficient Reason, they make systematic base-rate errors, and do not apply Bayes law correctly.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must Read" October 21, 2001
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Clearly written and exciting, Stein's book provides a thorough introduction to the subject while advancing his own view. This book is of interest to philosophers and cognitive scientists alike. Very accessible.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews
ARRAY(0xa9031834)

Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 



Look for Similar Items by Category