2018/2019 edition:

This module consists of 60 hrs of classes; while they are divided into 30 hrs of lectures and 30 hrs of tutorials, please do not feel overly attached to this distinction. There will be two teachers in this module: Mariusz Urbański and Frank Zenker.

MU-part: Tuesdays, 9.45-13.00, room 310, building D, Szamarzewskiego 89

  • 28.02.2019 About the course. Reasoning: perspectives, definitions, typologies; reasoning as a social phenomenon.
    Reading: Stenning and van Lambalgen (2008). Human Reasoning and Cognitive Science, The MIT Press (ch. 2: The Anatomy of Logic, 19-41); tasks.
  • 14.03.2019 Two system theories of reasoning: proponents and critics.
    Reading: Stenning and van Lambalgen (2008). Human Reasoning and Cognitive Science, The MIT Press (ch. 5: From the Laboratory to the Wild and Back Again, 117-137); tasks.
  • 28.03.2019 Moral reasoning.
    Reading: Haidt (2008). The Emotional Dog and Its Rational Tail: A Social Intuitionist Approach to Moral Judgment (ch. 53 of J. E. Adler & L. Rips (eds.) Reasoning. Studies of Human Inference and Its Foundations, Cambridge UP); tasks.
  • 04.03.2019 Abduction.
    Reading: Magnani (2014). Abductive Theory of Cognition. The Eco-Cognitive Model. Rivista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio, 54-69 (available here); tasks.
  • 11.04.2019 Rationality
    Readings: (1) Stenning and van Lambalgen (2008). Human Reasoning and Cognitive Science, The MIT Press (ch. 11: Rationality Revisited, 347-366); (2) Sorensen (2004). Paradoxes of Rationality (ch. 14 of A. R. Mele & P. Rawling (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Rationality, Oxford UP); tasks; selection of your problems.

Stenning and van Lambalgen’s book is available on EBSCOhost via USOS or here; Adler and Rips’ is here).

FZ-part: 15.00-17.15, room 70, building AB, Szamarzewskiego 89

  • 13.05.2019 Standard Methodological Issues of Empirical Research on Human Reasoning.
  • 14.05.2019 Choice of Normative Standard; Meaning Coordination between Experimenter and Subject; Verbatim Protocols; Mock Empirical Study (“Linda Problem”).
  • 15.05.2019 Results of Mock Study and Discussion; Assessing the formal model 1 (logical models); Student Presentation and Feedback 1.
  • 16.05.2019 Quiz, Assessing the formal model 2 (probabilistic models); Student Presentation and Feedback 2.
  • 17.05.2019 Course Summary; key lessons; directions for future research; final discussion.


  • First round, compulsory: 18.04.2019 (topics)
  • Second round, compulsory: 25.04.2019 (checking on the progress)
  • Third round, optional: anytime between 26.04.2019 & 16.05.2019 (in case of fire)
  • Fourth round, compulsory: 23. & 30.05.2019: vivas

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