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Coherence in Thought and Action Synopsis

This book is an essay on how people make sense of each other and the world they live in. Making sense is the activity of fitting something puzzling into a coherent pattern of mental representations that include concepts, beliefs, goals, and actions. Paul Thagard proposes a general theory of coherence as the satisfaction of multiple interacting constraints, and discusses the theory's numerous psychological and philosophical applications. Much of human cognition can be understood in terms of coherence as constraint satisfaction, and many of the central problems of philosophy can be given coherence-based solutions. Thagard shows how coherence can help to unify psychology and philosophy, particularly when addressing questions of epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, politics, and aesthetics. He also shows how coherence can integrate cognition and emotion.

Coherence in Thought and Action Press Reviews

Coherence in Thought and Action is certainly a competing, and capable, candidate. -Metapsychology

Book Information

ISBN: 9780262700924
Publication date: 26th July 2002
Author: Paul (Professor, University of Waterloo) Thagard
Publisher: Bradford Books an imprint of MIT Press Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 328 pages
Categories: Cognition & cognitive psychology, Philosophy: epistemology & theory of knowledge, Cognitivism, cognitive theory,

About Paul (Professor, University of Waterloo) Thagard

Paul Thagard is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. He is the author of The Cognitive Science of Science (MIT Press, 2012) and many other books. Robert A. Wilson is Professor of Philosophy at La Trobe University, the author of Genes and the Agents of Life, and coeditor of The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences and of Explanation and Cognition (MIT Press). He directed the project that built and is a director and the executive producer of the documentary Surviving Eugenics. Kim Sterelny is Professor of Philosophy at Australian National University and Victoria University of ...

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