publication . Article . 2011

Neurath's ship: The constitutive relation between normative and descriptive theories of rationality

Michael R. Waldmann;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2011
  • Country: Germany
Abstract
<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>I defend the claim that in psychological theories concerned with theoretical or practical rationality there is a constitutive relation between normative and descriptive theories: Normative theories provide idealized descriptive accounts of rational agents. However, we need to resist the temptation to collapse descriptive theories with any specific normative theory. I show how a partial separation is possible.</jats:p>
Subjects
free text keywords: normative and descriptive theories; theory of rationality, Physiology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology, Epistemology, Constitutive equation, Rationality, Psychology, Normative
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publication . Article . 2011

Neurath's ship: The constitutive relation between normative and descriptive theories of rationality

Michael R. Waldmann;