Collected Papers, Volume 2: Knowledge, Rationality, and Morality, 1978-2010

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This volume collects the best and most influential work on knowledge, rationality, and morality that Stephen Stich has published in the last forty years. All of the chapters here are concerned, in one way or another, with the ways in which findings and theories in the cognitive sciences can contribute to, and sometimes reshape traditional philosophical conversations and debates. A central theme in the chapters on epistemology and rationality is the philosophical significance of empirical work on human reasoning done by researchers in the 'heuristics and biases' tradition, and by their critics in evolutionary psychology. In the chapters on morality, a wide range of empirical work is explored, including studies of the psychological foundations of norms, work on the moral/conventional distinction, and empirical attempts to determine whether humans ever act on altruistic motives. Stich was one of the pioneers in the experimental philosophy movement, and work in experimental philosophy plays a prominent role in many of these works presented here. The volume includes a new introductory chapter that offers an overview of the rest of the book and traces the history of how the themes emerged.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages432
ISBN (Electronic)9780199949823
ISBN (Print)9780199733477
StatePublished - Sep 20 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


  • Cognitive sciences
  • Epistemology
  • Experimental philosophy movement
  • Human reasoning
  • Knowledge
  • Morality
  • Rationality
  • Stephen stich

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