Sophia 59:365-385 (2020)

Authors
Julio Michael Stern
University of São Paulo
Abstract
In this article, we discuss some issues concerning magical thinking—forms of thought and association mechanisms characteristic of early stages of mental development. We also examine good reasons for having an ambivalent attitude concerning the later permanence in life of these archaic forms of association, and the coexistence of such intuitive but informal thinking with logical and rigorous reasoning. At the one hand, magical thinking seems to serve the creative mind, working as a natural vehicle for new ideas and innovative insights, and giving form to heuristic arguments. At the other hand, it is inherently difficult to control, lacking effective mechanisms needed for rigorous manipulation. Our discussion is illustrated with many examples from the Hebrew Bible, and some final examples from modern science.
Keywords Syllepsis   Paronomasia   Magical thinking   Heuristic arguments
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s11841-017-0592-y
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

La dissémination.Jacques Derrida - 1974 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 164 (2):256-256.
Atoms, Entropy, Quanta: Einstein's Miraculous Argument of 1905.John D. Norton - 2006 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 37 (1):71-100.

View all 44 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Metaphor in the Mind: The Cognition of Metaphor.Elisabeth Camp - 2006 - Philosophy Compass 1 (2):154-170.
From Restraint to Diffusion.Yah-Sienh Hwang - 2006 - Philosophy and Culture 33 (5):53-68.
Conflicting Logics in Teaching Critical Thinking.Yoram Harpaz - 2010 - Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 25 (2):5-17.
What Metarepresentation is For.Tillmann Vierkant - 2012 - In Brandl Beran (ed.), The Foundations of Metacognition. Oxford University Press. pp. 279.
The Life and Death of a Metaphor, or the Metaphysics of Metaphor.Josef Stern - 2007 - The Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication 3.
Metaphoric Models for Creative Thinking.Martin Henry Hyatt - 2000 - Dissertation, Stanford University
Working with the Metaphor of Life and Death.P. Barker - 2000 - Medical Humanities 26 (2):97-102.
Cause, Principle and Unity.Giordano Bruno - 1964 - Cambridge University Press.
On Descartes' Theory of Imagination.Jiang-Hong Jia - 2006 - Modern Philosophy 3:100-107.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2017-06-07

Total views
24 ( #457,343 of 2,454,729 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
10 ( #65,209 of 2,454,729 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes