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Workshop: The Relevance of Logic to Human Reasoning (18 - 19 November 2016)

Much has been discussed lately about the relevance of formal logic (including probability theory) to the normativity of reasoning, as well as to the psychology of reasoning. Is it correct to diagnose human ratiocinative/argumentative performance as rational or irrational on the basis of claims about logical validity or consistency? Does the fact that we sometimes fail to comply to certain logical standards in an apparently rational way show that logic is irrelevant to the norms of thought? Following Harman (1986), one might reach the conclusion that logic is not specially relevant to reasoning after all. Or, maybe, logic is specially relevant to human reasoning -- but not in the way we initially thought. Relatedly, logic and probability theory are extensively used by psychologists to model and make predictions about inferential performances. The workshop is intended to foster investigation about these and related topics.


Day 1 (18.11):

09:00 - 09:30 Workshop Opening
09:30 - 11:00 Vicenzo Crupi (University of Turin/MCMP): Rationality and Reasoning Research: A Guide for the Perplexed
11:00 - 12:30 Karolina Krzy┼╝anowska (LMU/MCMP):Indicative Conditionals: From Language to Reasoning and Back
12:30 - 14:30 Lunch Break
14:30 - 16:00 Gregory Wheeler (LMU/MCMP): Lessons from the Ash Heap of Logical AI
16:00 - 17:30 Theodora Achourioti (ILLC Amsterdam):The Normative Role of Logic in Explaining Human Reasoning
19:00 Workshop Dinner

Day 2 (19.11.):

09:30 - 11:00 Luis Rosa (MCMP): When Reasoners Go Offline
11:00 - 12:30 Florian Steinberger (Birkbeck College/MCMP): Reasoning and Normative Guidance
12:30 - 14:30 Lunch Break
14:30 - 16:00 Catarina Dutilh Novaes (University of Groningen/MCMP): Reasoning Biases, Non-Monotonic Logics, and Belief Revision (joint work with Herman Veluwenkamp)
16:00 - 17:15 Keith Stenning (University of Edinburgh): How Do Intensional and Extensional Reasoning Work Together?


Attendance is free, but we ask for registration by November 14th at


The workshop is organized by Luis Rosa (MCMP) and Andreas Kapsner (MCMP & Dep. of Psychology, LMU).


Main University Building
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
D-80539 München
Room M210 (Munich Center for Ethics)

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