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Rational Intuition
Philosophical Roots, Scientific Investigations


Lisa M. Osbeck, Barbara S. Held, Robert Bolton, Claude Panaccio, Peter Machamer, Marcus P. Adams, William Meehan, Daniel N. Robinson, Chad Kidd, Heath Massey, Elijah Chudnoff, Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa, Edward T. Cokely, Adam Feltz, William Duggan, Thomas Sturm, Paul Thagard, Sanjay Chandrasekharan, Roger Giner-Sorolla, Peter Slezak, Farzad Mahootian, Tara-Marie Linné
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  • Date Published: September 2016
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316621219

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  • What is intuition? What constitutes an intuitive process? Why are intuition concepts important? After many years of scholarly neglect, interest in intuition is now exploding in psychology and cognitive science. Moreover, intuition is also enjoying a renaissance in philosophy. Yet no single definition of intuition appears in contemporary scholarship; there is no consensus on the meaning of this concept in any discipline. Rational Intuition focuses on conceptions of intuition in relation to rational processes. Covering a broad range of historical and contemporary contexts, prominent philosophers, psychologists, and cognitive scientists explore how intuition is implicated in rational activity in its diverse forms. In bringing the philosophical history of intuition into novel dialogue with contemporary philosophical and empirical research, Lisa M. Osbeck and Barbara S. Held invite a comparison of the conceptions and functions of intuition, thereby clarifying and advancing conceptual analysis across disciplines.

    • Offers a comprehensive comparison of historical philosophical understandings of intuition with contemporary empirical (psychological/cognitive science) meanings and uses
    • Explores intuition's role in various forms of rational activity, including scientific reasoning
    • Takes a unique approach to philosophy of science, exploring the meanings of a concept through analysis of its divergent contexts of use, with experts in each area providing detailed analysis
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    'Rational Intuition is a timely collection on the philosophy and psychology of intuition. It is an excellent resource for anyone interested in the methodology of philosophy or the nature of human cognition.' Ernest Sosa, Board of Governors Professor, Rutgers University, New Jersey

    'The only collection of its kind, this is a remarkable scholarly compendium of diverse philosophical, psychological, and neuroscientific chapters about the timely and important topic of intuition. It is crucial for anyone interested in cutting-edge ideas about rationality and intuition. Philosophers, cognitive neuroscientists, and others will come away with an enriched perspective on this important multidisciplinary subject.' John Kounios, Director of the Doctoral Program in Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Drexel University, Philadelphia

    'As a tightly edited and broadly interdisciplinary volume, Rational Intuition showcases scholarship that cuts through the dross and shows how we can make sense of intuition as a central concept in psychology and philosophy. A smart and engaging collection, the volume will serve to demonstrate the importance of intuition to wider fields of study and save it from the confusion in which it has languished in recent years.' Henderikus J. Stam, editor of Theory and Psychology

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    • Date Published: September 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316621219
    • length: 452 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Lisa M. Osbeck and Barbara S. Held
    Part I. Intuition in Western Philosophy:
    1. Intuition in Aristotle Robert Bolton
    2. Ockham: intuition and knowledge Claude Panaccio
    3. Descartes on intuition and ideas Peter Machamer and Marcus P. Adams
    4. In a grain of sand: Spinoza's conception of intuition William Meehan
    5. Kant: intuition and the synthetic a priori Daniel N. Robinson
    6. Husserl's phenomenological theory of intuition Chad Kidd
    7. Bergsonian intuition: getting back into duration Heath Massey
    8. Intuition in mathematics Elijah Chudnoff
    9. Intuition in contemporary philosophy Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa
    Part II. Intuition in Psychology and Cognitive Science:
    10. Expert intuition Edward T. Cokely and Adam Feltz
    11. Intuition in strategic thinking William Duggan
    12. Intuition in Kahneman and Tversky's Psychology of Rationality Thomas Sturm
    13. Creative intuition: how eureka results from three neural mechanisms Paul Thagard
    14. Becoming knowledge: cognitive and neural mechanisms that support scientific intuition Sanjay Chandrasekharan
    15. Intuition in twenty-first-century moral psychology Roger Giner-Sorolla
    16. Intuitions in the study of language: syntax and semantics Peter Slezak
    17. Jung and Whitehead: an interplay of psychological and philosophical perspectives on rationality and intuition Farzad Mahootian and Tara-Marie Linné.

  • Editors

    Lisa M. Osbeck, University of West Georgia
    Lisa M. Osbeck is currently Professor of Psychology at the University of West Georgia, where she teaches courses on the history, philosophy, and comparative theories of psychology. She is also a visiting scholar at the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Michigan. She is a research affiliate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she collaborated closely with the Cognition and Learning in Interdisciplinary Cultures (CLIC) Research Group, led by Nancy Nersessian, in ethnographic studies of science laboratories. This collaboration led to the publication of Science as Psychology: Sense-Making and Identity in Science Practice (Cambridge, 2011), which was the 2012 co-winner of the William James Book Award from the Society for General Psychology, Division 1, of the American Psychological Association. Osbeck also received the Sigmund Koch Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology (2005) and the Theodore Sarbin Award (2012) from the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Division 24, of the APA. She is on the editorial boards of Theory and Psychology, New Ideas in Psychology, and the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Professor Osbeck also recently won the Arthur W. Staats Lecture for Unifying Psychology Award 2015.

    Barbara S. Held, Bowdoin College, Maine
    Barbara S. Held is the Barry N. Wish Professor of Psychology and Social Studies at Bowdoin College, Maine. Her work focuses on the theoretical, philosophical, and practical aspects of movements in psychology and psychotherapy. She is the author of Back to Reality: A Critique of Postmodern Theory in Psychotherapy (1995); Stop Smiling, Start Kvetching: A 5-Step Guide to Creative Complaining (2001); and Psychology's Interpretive Turn: The Search for Truth and Agency in Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (2007) and a co-editor of Humanity's Dark Side: Evil, Destructive Experience, and Psychotherapy (2013). Held is the 2012 recipient of the American Psychological Foundation's Joseph B. Gittler Award, which recognizes significant scholarly contribution to the philosophical foundations of psychological knowledge. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles and chapters and has served on the editorial boards of several journals, including Theory and Psychology and the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. Held also served as the 2008–9 president of the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology of the American Psychological Association, of which she is a Fellow. Trained as a clinical psychologist, she practiced therapy for fifteen years. She has received extensive national and worldwide media attention, including features in the New York Times, People magazine, and Smithsonian Magazine, as well as appearances on NBC's Today show, ABC's World News, National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered, the BBC, and the CBC.


    Lisa M. Osbeck, Barbara S. Held, Robert Bolton, Claude Panaccio, Peter Machamer, Marcus P. Adams, William Meehan, Daniel N. Robinson, Chad Kidd, Heath Massey, Elijah Chudnoff, Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa, Edward T. Cokely, Adam Feltz, William Duggan, Thomas Sturm, Paul Thagard, Sanjay Chandrasekharan, Roger Giner-Sorolla, Peter Slezak, Farzad Mahootian, Tara-Marie Linné

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