Collected Papers, Volume 2: Knowledge, Rationality, and Morality, 1978-2010

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Oxford University Press, Aug 23, 2012 - Philosophy - 415 pages
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This volume collects the best and most influential essays on knowledge, rationality and morality that Stephen Stich has published in the last 40 years. All of the essays are concerned, in one way or another, with the ways in which findings and theories in the cognitive sciences can contribute to, and sometimes reshape traditional philosophical conversations and debates. A central theme in the essays on epistemology and rationality is the philosophical significance of empirical work on human reasoning done by researchers in the "heuristics and biases" tradition, and by their critics in evolutionary psychology. In the essays on morality, a wide range of empirical work is explored, including studies of the psychological foundations of norms, work on the moral / conventional distinction, and empirical attempts to determine whether humans ever act on altruistic motives. Stich was one of the pioneers in the experimental philosophy movement, and work in experimental philosophy plays a prominent role in many of these essays. The volume includes a new introductory essay that offers an overview of the papers and traces the history of how they emerged.
  

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Contents

Introduction
3
1 The Recombinant DNA Debate
22
2 Justification and the Psychology of Human Reasoning
36
3 Could Man Be an Irrational Animal? Some Notes on the Epistemology of Rationality
49
4 Reflective Equilibrium Analytic Epistemology and the Problem of Cognitive Diversity
67
5 Moral Philosophy and Mental Representation
86
Quine Simon and the Prospects for Pragmatism
99
From Bleak Implications to Darwinian Modules
113
Meditations in EthnoEpistemology
224
Empirical Perspectives on Ethics
247
12 A Framework for the Psychology of Norms
285
13 Harm Affect and the MoralConventional Distinction
311
14 Two Theories About the Cognitive Architecture Underlying Morality
326
15 Altruism
348
Acknowledgments
401
Name Index
403

8 Normativity and Epistemic Intuitions
159
How to Make Disputes About Human Rationality Disappear
191

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Stephen Stich is Board of Governors Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at Rutgers University and Honorary Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield. His publications include six books, a dozen anthologies and over 150 articles. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a recipient of the Jean Nicod Prize and the first recipient of the Gittler Award for Outstanding Scholarly Contribution in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences.

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