The Psychology of Proof: Deductive Reasoning in Human Thinking 0262181533, 9780262181532, 9780262517218, 0262517213

In this provocative book, Lance Rips describes a unified theory of natural deductive reasoning and fashions a working mo

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The Psychology of Proof: Deductive Reasoning in Human Thinking
 0262181533, 9780262181532, 9780262517218, 0262517213

Table of contents :
Content: 1. Psychological approaches to deduction --
2. Reasoning and logic --
3. Reasoning and computation --
4. Mental proofs and their formal properties --
5. Mental proofs and their empirical consequences --
6. Variables in reasoning --
7. Reasoning with variables --
8. The role of deduction in thought --
9. Alternative psychological theories: rule-based systems --
10. Alternative psychological theories: ruleless systems --
11. Perspectives on reasoning ability.

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