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Helping One Another to Think Well

Adam Morton

in Bounded Thinking

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199658534
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746192 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658534.003.0001
Helping One Another to Think Well

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What is it to think better or worse? This chapter's emphasis is on the results of thinking rather than its content. This leads to a discussion of the approximation fallacy, the fact that an approximation to ideal thinking does not bring approximately ideal results. Profitable approaches to problems instantiate various intellectual virtues and conform to appropriate normative theories. The chapter associates the theories with conventional norms of thinking. They do not say how we should think but rather how we should encourage one another to think. There are virtues of selective compliance with these norms. As befits conventional norms, there are multiple equilibria, and the chapter discusses several, first with respect to logic, and then with respect to norms of good experimental design. The difficulty of conformity to an N-theory highlight the difference between a prescription for successful action and a programme that a particular agent can follow to achieve it.

Keywords: norm; rationality; logic; convention; dynamic choice

Chapter.  12164 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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