How we think (and how we ought to)

03 October 2016                Professor Richard Pettigrew, Department of Philosophy,University of Bristol


It is generally accepted that the rules that govern how we ought to think are provided by logic and the probability calculus. However, since the 1970s, it has been known that we systematically violate these rules. Does this mean that, contrary to Aristotle's conception of us as rational animals, we are in fact largely irrational? Professor Pettigrew explainesd why the rules of logic and the probability calculus bind us in one sense; but he also left left room to say that we are nonetheless rational in our systematic disobedience to them.


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