Query Theory: Knowing What We Want by Arguing with Ourselves
Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Vol. 34, No. 2, pp. 91-92, 2011
2 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2011 Last revised: 8 Jul 2013
Date Written: 2011
Mercier and Sperber (M&S) argue that reasoning is social and argumentative, and that this explains many apparently irrational judgment phenomena. We look at the relationship between interpersonal and intrapersonal argumentation and discuss parallels and differences from the perspective of query theory, a memory-based model of constructive preferences. We suggest an important goal is to integrate models across inference and preference.
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