Regret and justification as a link from argumentation to consequentialism

Terence Connolly, Jochen Reb

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Abstract

Mercier and Sperber (M&S) argue that reasoning has evolved primarily as an adjunct to persuasive communication rather than as a basis for consequential choice. Recent research on decision-related regret suggests that regret aversion and concomitant needs for justification may underpin a complementary mechanism that can, if appropriately deployed, convert M&S's facile arguer into an effective decision maker, with obvious evolutionary advantages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75
Number of pages1
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2011

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Ethical Theory
argumentation
decision maker
Emotions
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communication
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Consequentialism
Justification
Argumentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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Regret and justification as a link from argumentation to consequentialism. / Connolly, Terence; Reb, Jochen.

In: Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Vol. 34, No. 2, 04.2011, p. 75.

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