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

Elke U. Weber

Columbia Business School - Management & Psychology

Eric J. Johnson

Columbia Business School - Marketing

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Date Written: 2011

Abstract

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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Weber, Elke U. and Johnson, Eric J., Query Theory: Knowing What We Want by Arguing with Ourselves (2011). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Vol. 34, No. 2, pp. 91-92, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1959766

Elke U. Weber (Contact Author)

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Eric J. Johnson

Columbia Business School - Marketing ( email )

New York, NY 10027
United States

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