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How Gestalts Promote Rationality

David Hodgson

in Rationality + Consciousness = Free Will

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199845309
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932269 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199845309.003.0007

Series: Philosophy of Mind Series

How Gestalts Promote Rationality

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In Chapter 6, I consider in more detail how the grasp of gestalts contributes to reasonable decision-making, in particular (1) by non-human animals that have conscious experiences somewhat like ours, (2) in making aesthetic judgments, and (3) in plausible reasoning generally. My conclusion is that indeed our reasonable decision-making utilises conscious experiences in which we grasp and respond to whole feature-rich gestalts in ways that are not determined by laws or rules.

Keywords: judgments; what is to be done; significance; analogies; approximations; aesthetic merit; plausible reasoning; intentionality; understanding

Chapter.  7233 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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