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F. Character & Social/Cognitive/Moral Psychology > Adam Morton's new book: Bounded Thinking: Intellectual Virtues for Limited Agents (OUP)

Congrats to Adam Morton, whose book Bounded Thinking is now available from Oxford University Press. It is likely the first book-length development of a form of virtue epistemology specifically tied to bounded rationality and empirical work on human reasoning. The OUP site describes Morton's aims this way:

"Bounded Thinking offers a new account of the virtues of limitation management: intellectual virtues of adapting to the fact that we cannot solve many problems that we can easily describe. Adam Morton argues that we do give one another guidance on managing our limitations, but that this has to be in terms of virtues and not of rules, and in terms of success--knowledge and accomplishment--rather than rationality. He establishes a taxonomy of intellectual virtues, which includes 'paradoxical virtues' that sound like vices, such as the virtue of ignoring evidence and the virtue of not thinking too hard. There are also virtues of not planning ahead, in that some forms of such planning require present knowledge of one's future knowledge that is arguably impossible. A person's best response to many problems depends not on the most rationally promising solution to solving them but on the most likely route to success given the profile of intellectual virtues that the person has and lacks. Morton illustrates his argument with discussions of several paradoxes and conundra. He closes the book with a discussion of intelligence and rationality, and argues that both have very limited usefulness in the evaluation of who will make progress on which problems...
The first book on a hot new topic in philosophy
An innovative and intuitive approach to problem solving
At the intersection of epistemology, logic, and psychology."

978-0-19-965853-4 http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199658534.do
February 21, 2013 | Registered CommenterGuy Axtell