Apr 17

Talk by Jonathan Adler, Cowling Visiting Professor, Experimental Evidence for Fallacies?

A public talk by Jonathan Adler, Cowling Distinguished Visiting Professor of Philosophy.

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007
12:00 – 1:00 pm / Olin 141

A wide range of psychological studies seem to show that our natural patterns of reasoning suffer from extensive fallacies, confabulation and even irrationality. The studies have been subject to extensive debate. Specifically, commentators have argued that the studies do not show failures of reasoning because the subjects do not INTERPRET the problems posed as the experimenters' intend. Under the subjects' actual interpretation, they answer the problems correctly. Experimenters respond by denying that subjects' interpretation is other than as intended. My question is this:
Even if subjects interpret their task differently than intended, does it follow that they are not guilty of the fallacy under study?

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