The Roots of Reason: Philosophical Essays on Rationality, Evolution, and Probability

The Roots of Reason: Philosophical Essays on Rationality, Evolution, and Probability

by David Papineau
     
 

David Papineau presents a controversial view of human reason, portraying it as a normal part of the natural world, and drawing on the empirical sciences to illuminate its workings. In these six interconnected essays he discusses both theoretical and practical rationality, and shows how evolutionary theory, decision theory, and quantum mechanics offer fresh

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David Papineau presents a controversial view of human reason, portraying it as a normal part of the natural world, and drawing on the empirical sciences to illuminate its workings. In these six interconnected essays he discusses both theoretical and practical rationality, and shows how evolutionary theory, decision theory, and quantum mechanics offer fresh approaches to some long-standing problems.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199288717
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/23/2006
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1. Normativity and Judgement
2. The Evolution of Knowledge
3. The Evolution of Means-End Reasoning
4. Probability as a Guide to Life (co-authored with Helen Beebee)
5. Causation as a Guide to Life
6. Uncertainty Decisions and the Many-Minds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

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