Book Description

Review Lance Rips writes with great simplicity and clarity about complicated matters. His judgment of issues is always fair and balanced. He is particularly fair to people with whom he disagrees, notably Harman and Johnson-Laird. The book constitutes a reasoned defense of natural logic. It argues that the mind is not a logical mess with, miraculously, a few logical pockets. It shows the central role of reasoning in all aspects of cognition and presents the case that the mind's natural deductive systems are sound. (John Macnamara, Professor of Psychology, McGill University)This is a gem of a book. In it, Rips has provided a thorough and thoughtful analysis of human deductive reasoning and its relation to natural logics, nonmonotonic reasoning, and defeasible reasoning. In fact, his presentations of these topics make concise and clear introductions for readers who may not be familiar with the philosophical and AI literatures on reasoning. In its thoroughness and completeness, Rips's theory can serve as a standard by which other researchers' theory development and presentation are measured. (Denise Dellarosa Cummins, University of Arizona)This is one of the most important books to appear in the field of cognitive science in the last decade. More than any other contribution in the history of the field, it makes the case for the necessity, centrality, and generality of rule-based reasoning processes in cognition. Anyone interested in the nature of the human cognitive architecture should study this book. It is also a triumph of scholarship and literary style. (Reid Hastie, Professor of Psychology, University of Colorado)Lance Rips has written a tightly reasoned argument for the importance of deduction in human reasoning. This is exemplary cognitive science research, bringing together an incisive analysis of the literature in psychology, logic, and artificial intelligence with a computer model that embodies his theory of human deductive reasoning. (Allan Collins, Principal Scientist, Bolt Beranek and Newman, Inc.) Read more About the Author Lance J. Rips is Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University. Read more