Normative theory and the human mind
Discusses H. E. Kyburg's (1983) article "Rational Belief" (see record 1984-11387-001), and questions his treatment of deductive logic and his extensional treatment of degrees of belief. It is contended that the continuing quest for normative theories in Western culture represents the human mind's attempt to transcend itself and to find a way to sanction its mode of operation in terms of higher-level principles. While Kyburg's theory seems adequate as a basis for decision theory or probabilistic inference, it omits the causal context in which beliefs are ordinarily generated.
Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Falmagne, Rachel Joffe, "Normative theory and the human mind" (1985). Psychology. 815.