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Rational analyses, instrumentalism, and implementations

David Danks

in The Probabilistic Mind:

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780199216093
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191695971 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216093.003.0003
Rational analyses, instrumentalism, and implementations

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The author provides an insightful critical reflection on the scope and usefulness of a ‘rational’ perspective on the cognitive system. He focuses on the nature of explanatory models of cognition which rational analyses provide. He argues for a shift in the practice of rational analysis to more widespread application, but with more careful consideration of their actual power. Rational analyses are important tools that should be used more widely, but with more care about what they actually yield.

Keywords: rational analysis; cognitive system; instrumentalism

Chapter.  8601 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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