Reasoning

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 70, building AB, Szamarzewskiego 89

THE COURSE IS GOING ON-LINE, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. You’ll receive links to video materials via USOS e-mails.
  • 12.03.2020 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.
  • 19.03.2020 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.
  • 26.03.2020 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.
  • 02.04.2020 Abduction.
    Reading: Magnani (2014). Abductive Theory of Cognition. The Eco-Cognitive Model. Rivista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio, 54-69 (available here); tasks.
  • 09.04.2020 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.

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

  • 20.04.2020 Standard Methodological Issues of Empirical Research on Human Reasoning.
  • 21.04.2020 Choice of Normative Standard; Meaning Coordination between Experimenter and Subject; Verbatim Protocols; Mock Empirical Study (“Linda Problem”).
  • 22.04.2020 Results of Mock Study and Discussion; Assessing the formal model 1 (logical models); Student Presentation and Feedback 1.
  • 23.04.2020 Quiz, Assessing the formal model 2 (probabilistic models); Student Presentation and Feedback 2.
  • 24.04.2020 Course Summary; key lessons; directions for future research; final discussion.

INDIVIDUAL APPOINTMENTS: https://mu-reasoning.youcanbook.me

  • First round, compulsory: 16–17.04.2020 (topics)
  • Second round, optional: 30.04.2020 (how’s going?)
  • Third round, compulsory: 21–22.05.2020 (checking on the progress)
  • Fourth round, optional: 28.05.2020 (in case of fire)
  • Fifth round, compulsory: 4.06.2020, 11.06.2020 (vivas)

FORMATTING PAPERS
Use standard LaTeX article class with font size 11 pt and author-year citation style. If you don’t want to or can’t install LaTeX, use e. g. Overleaf.

COURSE BOOK

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