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Reasoning Unbound

Thinking about Morality, Delusion and Democracy

Authors: Bonnefon, Jean-François

  • Discusses how we judge others moral character
  • Argues that the science of reasoning can be useful in developing democratic politics
  • Examines how human reasoning developed to navigate our complex social interactions
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About this book

This book argues that the science of reasoning will prove most useful if focused on studying what human reasoning does best - understanding people.  Bonnefon argues that humanity's unique reasoning abilities developed in order to handle the complexities of cooperative social life.  Accordingly, human beings became exquisite students of the minds of other people to predict the kind of decisions they make, and assess their character.  In particular, this volume explores the inferences humans make about the moral character of others, how they delude themselves about their own moral character, and the ways in which they can see through the delusions of others.  In conclusion, the book considers how to leverage the power of human reasoning in order to sustain democratic life.  
This work will interest scholars and students working in fields including theory of mind, decision-making, moral cognition, critical thinking, experimental philosophy, and behavioural economics, as well as policy makers interested in how reasoning impacts our political understanding. 

About the authors

Jean-François Bonnefon is a research psychologist affiliated with the Toulouse School of Economics, France. He is the author of more than 100 academic publications on rational thinking and behavior in the domains of psychology, computer science, philosophy, and economics.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook £56.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-60049-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £72.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • Due: December 25, 2017
  • ISBN 978-1-137-60048-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reasoning Unbound
Book Subtitle
Thinking about Morality, Delusion and Democracy
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-60049-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-60049-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-60048-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 204
Number of Illustrations and Tables
6 b/w illustrations
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