OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Conditional Reasoning: The Unruly Syntactics, Semantics, Thematics, and Pragmatics of "If"

ISBN : 9780190202996

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¥13,860
著者: 
Raymond Nickerson
ページ
472 ページ
フォーマット
Hardcover
サイズ
174 x 241 mm
刊行日
2015年09月
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Conditional reasoning is reasoning that involves statements of the sort If A (Antecedent) then C (Consequent). This type of reasoning is ubiquitous; everyone engages in it. Indeed, the ability to do so may be considered a defining human characteristic. Without this ability, human cognition would be greatly impoverished. "What-if" thinking could not occur. There would be no retrospective efforts to understand history by imagining how it could have taken a different course. Decisions that take possible contingencies into account could not be made; there could be no attempts to influence the future by selecting actions on the basis of their expected effects. Despite the commonness and importance of conditional reasoning and the considerable attention it has received from scholars, it remains the subject of much continuing debate. Unsettled questions, both normative and empirical, continue to be asked. What constitutes normative conditional reasoning? How do people engage in it? Does what people do match what would be expected of a rational agent with the abilities and limitations of human beings? If not, how does it deviate and how might people's ability to engage in it be improved? This book reviews the work of prominent psychologists and philosophers on conditional reasoning. It describes empirical research on how people deal with conditional arguments and on how conditional statements are used and interpreted in everyday communication. It examines philosophical and theoretical treatments of the mental processes that support conditional reasoning. Its extensive coverage of the subject makes it an ideal resource for students, teachers, and researchers with a focus on cognition across disciplines.

目次: 

Preface
1. Getting Started
2. Conditionals
3. Experimental Approaches to the Study of Conditional Reasoning
4. Logic and Conditional Reasoning
5. Syntactics, Semantics, and Pragmatics in Conditional Reasoning
6. Rule Checking
7. Counterfactual Thinking
8. Counterfactual Thinking 2
9. Conditional Reasoning as Probabilistic Reasoning
10. The Probability of the Conditional and the Conditional Probability
11. Individual Differences
12. Theoretical Accounts of Conditional Reasoning
13. More Theoretical Accounts
14. Final Comments
References
Index

著者について: 

Raymond S. Nickerson is Research Professor of Psychology at Tufts University.

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