Coherence in Thought and Action

  title={Coherence in Thought and Action},
  author={Paul Thagard},
  • P. Thagard
  • Published 23 October 2000
  • Philosophy, Psychology
This book is an essay on how people make sense of each other and the world they live in. Making sense is the activity of fitting something puzzling into a coherent pattern of mental representations that include concepts, beliefs, goals, and actions. Paul Thagard proposes a general theory of coherence as the satisfaction of multiple interacting constraints, and discusses the theory's numerous psychological and philosophical applications. Much of human cognition can be understood in terms of… 
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    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
  • 2021
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