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The Enigma of Reason

A New Theory of Human Understanding

By Dan Sperber, Hugo Mercier

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A radical new theory of human rationality from two ground-breaking thinkers. Reason, we are told, is what makes us human, the source of our knowledge and wisdom. If reason is so useful, why didn't it also evolve in other animals? If reason is that reliable, why do we produce so much thoroughly reasoned nonsense? In their ground-breaking account of the evolution and workings of reason, Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber set out to solve this double enigma. Reason, they argue with a compelling mix of real-life and experimental evidence, is not geared to solitary use, to arriving at better beliefs and decisions on our own. What reason does, rather, is help us justify our beliefs and actions to others, convince them through argumentation, and evaluate the justifications and arguments that others address to us. The Enigma of Reason will spark debate among psychologists and philosophers, and make many reasonable people rethink their own thinking.

Product code: 9780241957851

ISBN 9780241957851
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H198xW129xS23
No. Of Pages 416
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd