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Jeffrey Maynes
St. Lawrence University
Abstract
In The Enigma of Reason, Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber defend the proposal that reason is a specialized module which produces intuitions about reasons. Reason serves two functions: for individuals to justify their own judgments and actions to themselves and others, and to persuade others. In this review, I briefly summarize the central claims of the book, critically examine Mercier and Sperber’s arguments that reason is not a general faculty underlying our inferential abilities, and explore the pedagogical implications of their work.
Keywords Applied Philosophy  Teaching Philosophy
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ISBN(s) 1093-1082
DOI 10.5840/inquiryct201631317
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