Modes of Thought: Explorations in Culture and Cognition / Edition 1

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A central problem in cultural psychology is the diversity of patterns of rationality among cultures, historical periods, and stages of personal development. The distinguished contributors to this volume maintain that the acknowledgement of the inconsistency of rational patterns is not necessarily at odds with the traditional notion of the "psychological unity" of humankind. Leading psychologists, anthropologists, historians, and educational theorists explore this issue in considerable depth, citing relevant examples and problems relating to their specific areas of expertise. Scholars of social and psychological disciplines will find this text to be informative and thought-provoking.

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"The editors bring together an impressive array of contributors in a powerful and productive way. This volume clarifies implications of the intellectual debate for readers involved in practical areas, such as education and psychotherapy. Impressive and provocative." James Wertsch, Washington University

"...this book provides a wealth of information." Carol Leroy, Jrnl of Educational Thought

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521566445
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction David R. Olson; Part I. The History of Thought: 2. Science in antiquity: the Greek and Chinese cases and their relevance to the problems of culture and cognition Geoffrey Lloyd; 3. Relations of analogy and identity Stanley J. Tambiah; 4. Self, narrative and memory: reflections on Augustine, Petrarch, and Descartes Brian Stock; 5. Normal people Ian Hacking; 6. Modes of reasoning and the politics of authority in the modern state Yaron Ezrahi; Part II. The Anthropology of Thought: 7. Frames for thinking: ways of making meaning Jerome S. Bruner; 8. Autobiography and fiction as modes of thought Carol F. Feldman and David Kalmar; 9. Inference in narrative and science Keith Oatley; 10. Literate mentalities: literacy, consciousness of language and modes of thought David R. Olson; 11. Mythology and analogy Cameron Shelley and Paul Thagard; Part III. The Development and Education of Thought: 12. Cognitive domains as modes of thought Susan Carey; 13. Modes of thinking about living kinds: science, symbolism, and common sense Scott Atran; 14. Is good thinking scientific thinking? Deanna Kuhn; 15. Network, the verb, and the appeal of collaborative modes of instruction and thought Myron Tuman.

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