In recent years, leading cognitive psychologists have painted a detailed, controversial, and highly critical portrait of commonsense reasoning. Stephen Stich undertakes a spirited defense of this work and puts forth a critique of those writers who argue that widespread irrationality is a biological or conceptual impossibility.
Stephen Stich is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University and author of From Folk Psychology to Cognitive Science.
The average person has a rich belief system about the thoughts and motives of people. From antiquity to the beginning of this century, Stephen Stich points out, this "folk psychology" was employed in such systematic psychology as there was: "Those who theorized about the mind shared the bulk of their terminology and their conceptual apparatus with poets, critics, historians, economists, and indeed with their own grandmothers."