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Volume 47 • Number 3

July 2010



A Cognitive Theory of Thoughts

by Gottfried Vosgerau and Matthis Synofzik

The nature and function of thoughts have been a central topic of philosophy from its ancient beginnings, yet its critical assessment was put forward in particular by the development of the philosophy of mind in the last decades: thoughts were no longer taken to be the secure basis of which we immediately know the content and its nature (Cartesian view), but to be mental entities that require critical investigation concerning the determination of their content and nature. Thoughts are traditionally discussed in connection with reasoning, planning, and justification, but the intrinsic connection between thoughts and rationality was later challenged by psychological conceptions that dismissed rationality (in the classical sense) as a central notion for a theory of thinking (e.g., Gigerenzer 2000).

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