The enduring enigma of reason

Catarina Dutilh Novaes*

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In The Enigma of Reason, Mercier and Sperber (M&S) present and defend their interactionist account of reason. In this piece, I discuss briefly the points of agreement between M&S and myself and, more extensively, the points of disagreement, most of which pertain to details of the evolutionary components of their account. I discuss in particular the purported modular nature of reason; their account of myside bias as an optimum/adaptation; and the claim that reason thus construed must be an individual-level and not a group-level adaptation. In the final section, I offer brief considerations on an alternative account of reasoning, where the focus is on how sociocultural environments may tune the social production and evaluation of arguments.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)513-524
Aantal pagina's12
TijdschriftMind & Language
Nummer van het tijdschrift5
StatusPublished - nov-2018

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