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Does reflection lead to wise choices?

Bortolotti, Lisa (2011) Does reflection lead to wise choices? Philosophical Explorations, 14 (3). pp. 297-313. ISSN 1386-9795

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Does conscious reflection lead to good decision-making? Whereas engaging in reflection is traditionally thought to be the best way to make wise choices, recent psychological evidence undermines the role of reflection in lay and expert judgement. The literature suggests that thinking about reasons does not improve the choices people make, and that experts do not engage in reflection, but base their judgements on intuition, often shaped by extensive previous experience. Can we square the traditional accounts of wisdom with the results of these empirical studies? Should we even attempt to? I shall defend the view that philosophy and cognitive sciences genuinely interact in tackling questions such as whether reflection leads to making wise choices.

Type of Work:Article
Date:26 August 2011 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:School of Philosophy
Keywords:wisdom, intuition, reflection, self-knowledge, self-narratives, expertise
Subjects:B Philosophy (General)
BF Psychology
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Taylor and Francis
ID Code:1132
Refereed:YES
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