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Throwing the normative baby out with the prescriptivist bathwater

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number05
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2011


It is neither desirable nor possible to eliminate normative concerns from psychology of reasoning. Norms define the most fundamental psychological questions: what are people trying to do, and how? Even if no one system of reasoning can be the norm, pure descriptivism is as undesirable and unobtainable in the psychology of reasoning as elsewhere in science.

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