Rationality: Constraints and Contexts, 1st Edition

  • Tzu-Wei Hung
  • Timothy Joseph Lane
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  • ISBN-10: 0128046236
  • ISBN-13: 9780128046234
  • DDC: 160
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 298 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2017 | Published/Released December 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2017

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Informed by what was learned in recent decades, this eye-opening book sketches a nuanced view of rationality, both human and non-human. It aims to address recent challenges and identify a direction for future research on rationality; investigate the relationship between rationality and mental disorders, such as delusion and depression; assess reasoning in artificial intelligence and nonhuman animals; reflect on ancient Chinese Philosophy and possible cultural differences in human psychology; and employ philosophical reflection, along with linguistic, probabilistic, and logical techniques.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Contributors.
1: Rationality and its Contexts.
2: Bayesian Psychology and Human Rationality.
3: Scientific Rationality: Phlogiston as a Case Study.
4: Cross-Cultural Differences in Thinking: Some Thoughts on Psychological Paradigms.
5: Delusion and the Norms of Rationality.
6: Outline of a Theory of Delusion: Irrationality and Pathological Belief.
7: Is Depressive Rumination Rational?.
8: Reason and Unreason in Chinese Philosophy.
9: Irrationally Intelligible or Rationally Unintelligible?.
10: Does Classical Chinese Philosophy Reveal Alternative Rationalities?.
11: Bridging the Logic-Based and Probability-Based Approaches to Artificial Intelligence.
12: Rationality and Escherichia Coli.
Communication and Emotion.
13: Rational Belief and Evidence-Based Update.
14: Reason and Emotion in Xunzi’s Moral Psychology.