Epistemology and the Psychology of Human Judgment

ISBN-10: 0195162307

ISBN-13: 9780195162301

Edition: 2004

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Bishop and Trout here present a unique and provocative new approach to epistemology (the theory of human knowledge and reasoning). Their approach aims to liberate epistemology from the scholastic debates of standard analytic epistemology, and treat it as a branch of the philosophy of science. The approach is novel in its use of cost-benefit analysis to guide people facing real reasoning problems and in its framework for resolving normative disputes in psychology. Based on empiricaldata, Bishop and Trout show how people can improve their reasoning by relying on Statistical Prediction Rules (SPRs). They then develop and articulate the positive core of the book. Their view, Strategic Reliabilism, claims that epistemic excellence consists in the efficient allocation of cognitiveresources to reliable reasoning strategies, applied to significant problems. The last third of the book develops the implications of this view for standard analytic epistemology; for resolving normative disputes in psychology; and for offering practical, concrete advice on how this theory can improve real people's reasoning. This is a truly distinctive and controversial work that spans many disciplines and will speak to an unusually diverse group, including people in epistemology, philosophy of science, decision theory, cognitive and clinical psychology, and ethics and public policy.
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Book details

List price: $40.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/23/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Introduction
Laying Our Cards on the Table
The Amazing Success of Statistical Predication Rules
Extracting Epistemic Lessons from Ameliorative Psychology
Strategic Reliabilism: Robust Reliability
Strategic Reliabilism: The Costs and Benefits of Excellent Judgment
Strategic Reliabilism: Epistemic Significance
The Troubles with Standard Analytic Epistemology
Putting Epistemology into Practice: Normative Disputes in Psychology
Putting Epistemology into Practice: Positive Advice
Conclusion
Appendix: Objections and Replies
References
Index
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