The Handbook of Rationality

The Handbook of Rationality

Edited by Markus Knauff and Wolfgang Spohn

The first reference on rationality that integrates accounts from psychology and philosophy, covering descriptive and normative theories from both disciplines.
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The first reference on rationality that integrates accounts from psychology and philosophy, covering descriptive and normative theories from both disciplines.

Both analytic philosophy and cognitive psychology have made dramatic advances in understanding rationality, but there has been little interaction between the disciplines. This volume offers the first integrated overview of the state of the art in the psychology and philosophy of rationality. Written by leading experts from both disciplines, The Handbook of Rationality covers the main normative and descriptive theories of rationality—how people ought to think, how they actually think, and why we often deviate from what we can call rational. It also offers insights from other fields such as artificial intelligence, economics, the social sciences, and cognitive neuroscience.

The Handbook proposes a novel classification system for researchers in human rationality, and it creates new connections between rationality research in philosophy, psychology, and other disciplines. Following the basic distinction between theoretical and practical rationality, the book first considers the theoretical side, including normative and descriptive theories of logical, probabilistic, causal, and defeasible reasoning. It then turns to the practical side, discussing topics such as decision making, bounded rationality, game theory, deontic and legal reasoning, and the relation between rationality and morality. Finally, it covers topics that arise in both theoretical and practical rationality, including visual and spatial thinking, scientific rationality, how children learn to reason rationally, and the connection between intelligence and rationality.


Rakefet Ackerman, Max Albert, Jason McKenzie Alexander, Ali al-Nowaihi, Hanne Andersen, Line Edslev Andersen, Jean-François Bonnefon, Rainer Bromme, John Broome, Anke Bueter, Ruth M. J. Byrne, Nick Chater, Peter Collins, Leda Cosmides, Nicole Cruz, Stephanie de Oliveira Chen, Sanjit Dhami, Franz Dietrich, Didier Dubois, Shira Elqayam, Orlando Espino, Jonathan St. B. T. Evans, Christoph Fehige, Klaus Fiedler, Lupita Estefania Gazzo Castañeda, Lukas Gierth, Andreas Glöckner, Vinod Goel, Till Grüne-Yanoff, Rebecca Gutwald, Ulrike Hahn, Alan Hájek, Stephan Hartmann, Ralph Hertwig, Eric Hilgendorf, Brian Hill, John Horty, Mateja Jamnik, Philip N. Johnson-Laird, Gabriele Kern-Isberner, Sangeet Khemlani, Karl Christoph Klauer, Hartmut Kliemt, Markus Knauff, Anastasia Kozyreva, Fenrong Liu, Henry Markovits, Ralph Mayrhofer, Linda McCaughey, Björn Meder, Georg Meggle, Arthur Merin, Julian Nida-Rümelin, Richard Nisbett, Mike Oaksford, Klaus Oberauer, David P. O'Brien, David E. Over, Judea Pearl, Andrés Perea, Danielle Pessach, Martin Peterson, Niki Pfeifer, Henri Prade, Johannes Prager, Henry Prakken, Marco Ragni, Werner Raub, Hans Rott, Olivier Roy, Hanno Sauer, Hans Bernhard Schmid, Gerhard Schurz, Niels Skovgaard-Olsen, Sonja Smets, Michael Smith, Kai Spiekermann, Wolfgang Spohn, Julia Staffel, Keith E. Stanovich, William B. Starr, Florian Steinberger, Thomas Sturm, Valerie A. Thompson, John Tooby, Maggie E. Toplak, Johan van Benthem, Hans van Ditmarsch, Michael R. Waldmann, Ralph Wedgwood, Ulla Wessels, Richard F. West, Alex Wiegmann, John Woods, Niina Zuber


$195.00 X ISBN: 9780262045070 880 pp. | 8.5 in x 11 in 87


Markus Knauff

Markus Knauff is Professor of Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Science at the University of Giessen.

Wolfgang Spohn

Wolfgang Spohn is Professor Emeritus at the Philosophy Department of the University of Konstanz and Senior Professor at the University of Tübingen.