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Philosophy of PseudoscienceReconsidering the Demarcation Problem$
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Massimo Pigliucci and Maarten Boudry

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226051796

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226051826.001.0001

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Agentive Thinking and Illusions of Understanding

Agentive Thinking and Illusions of Understanding

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(p.439) 23 Agentive Thinking and Illusions of Understanding
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Philosophy of Pseudoscience
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Filip Buekens

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226051826.003.0024

This chapter focuses on pseudohermeneutics and the illusion of understanding, drawing inspiration from the cognitive psychology and philosophy of intentional thinking. It concludes that the intrusion of intentional thinking and intentional concepts in scientific models may have a potentially dangerous side effect: exaggerated vigilance vis-à-vis intentional concepts can also, unintentionally, affect our natural confidence in the explanations in which agentive concepts figure correctly, thus inspiring revisionist and eliminativist proposals.

Keywords:   pseudohermeneutics, cognitive psychology, philosophy, intentional thinking

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