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Reasoning, argumentation, and cognition

Frankish, Keith (2011). Reasoning, argumentation, and cognition. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 34(2) pp. 79–80.

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This commentary does three things. First, it offers further support for the view that explicit reasoning evolved for public argumentation. Second, it suggests that promoting effective communication may not be the only, or even the main, function of public argumentation. Third, it argues that the data Mercier and Sperber (M&S) cite are compatible with the view that reasoning has subsequently been co-opted to play a role in individual cognition.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1469-1825
Extra Information: Commentary on Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber, 'Why do humans reason? Arguments for an argumentative theory'
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 27794
Depositing User: Keith Frankish
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2011 14:57
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 13:27
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