De Sousa on rationality

Posted on October 15, 2007


I’ve just finished writing a review of de Sousa’s latest book Why Think? Evolution and the Rational Mind, which is an attempt to present a sketch of a naturalised non-reductionist account of reason. He manages to tie together an astounding amount of research though I am not altogether happy with the end result as I think the picture of rationality he ends up putting together is too traditional and too dualist in some respects. What is more, the book runs through the material very quickly – it would have to be very large to do it justice – so that it is often hard to judge how well justified some of the moves de Sousa makes could be. Certainly, it makes me aware of the size of the task at hand.