ISBN-10:
0262691590
ISBN-13:
2900262691597
Pub. Date:
03/02/1993
Publisher:
MIT Press
Fragmentation of Reason: Preface to a Pragmatic Theory of Cognitive Evaluation / Edition 1

Fragmentation of Reason: Preface to a Pragmatic Theory of Cognitive Evaluation / Edition 1

by Stephen Stich

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ISBN-13: 2900262691597
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 03/02/1993
Series: Bradford Books Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 191
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Stephen Stich is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University and author of From Folk Psychology to Cognitive Science.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments p.ix
1. Something between a Preface and an Introduction p.1
2. Good Reasoning and Intentional Content: How Irrational Can We Be? p.29
3. Evolution and Rationality p.55
4. Reflective Equilibrium and Analytic Epistemology p.75
5. Do We Really Care Whether Our Beliefs are True? p.101
6. A Pragmatic Account of Cognitive Evaluation p.129
Notes p.159
References p.169
Index p.177

What People are Saying About This

E. J. Lowe

It is a book which has many of the merits prized by philosophers of the analytic school: lucidity, terseness, wealth of argument, respect for the findings of empirical science, and - dare one say it - all the appearances of an honest commitment to the pursuit Of truth.

L. Jonathan Cohen

In Stich's development of his new position, pragmatist epistemology has at last achieved a reasoned advocacy that combines lucidity with sophistication

Richard E. Nisbett

All psychologists concerned with reasoning will find that Stich's reflections on it deepen their understanding of the topic.

Gilbert Harman

A wonderful book. It provides a total reworking of philosophical epistemology, a 'deconstruction,' as they say. Stich offers an exciting philosophical challenge to the whole field, and a persuasive case for a real pragmatism. The book is clear, straightforward and enjoyable to read, with an engaging human voice. It provides students with a model of how to do philosophy.

From the Publisher

"All psychologists concerned with reasoning will find that Stich's reflections on it deepen their understanding of the topic. Richard E. Nisbett, Contemporary Psychology

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