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Steven Pinker Defends a Damagingly Irrational Conception of Reason

Maxwell, Nicholas (2022) Steven Pinker Defends a Damagingly Irrational Conception of Reason. Metascience. pp. 1-4. ISSN 0815-0796

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Abstract

In the Preface to Rationality, Steven Pinker remarks that “we are smart enough to have … articulated the rules of reason that we so often flout” (p. xiv). Unfortunately, Pinker does not get the rules of reason right in this book. Pinker defends a damagingly irrational conception of reason. But despite this rather drastic failure, there is much of interest in this book, even if at a rather elementary level.


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Maxwell, Nicholas
Keywords: Reason; Irrationality; Natural science; Academic inquiry; Climate crisis; Ecological crisis
Subjects: General Issues > Decision Theory
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Game Theory
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Nicholas Maxwell
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2022 00:37
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2022 00:37
Item ID: 20136
Journal or Publication Title: Metascience
Publisher: Springer
Official URL: https://rdcu.be/cFpnq
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11016-022-00730-y
Subjects: General Issues > Decision Theory
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Game Theory
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: 20 January 2022
Page Range: pp. 1-4
ISSN: 0815-0796
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20136

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