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Revival: The Psychology of Reasoning (1923)

1st Edition

By Eugenio Rignano


408 pages

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This Book owes its origin to the indefinable sense of uneasiness and discontent into which I was thrown by the perusal of some of the best treatises on Logic. These treatises had failed to explain the nature of the logical or reasoning faculty, though purporting to indicate the laws which govern its proper functioning. Even the work of John Stuart Mill, which still remains in my opinion the best, was no more convincing than the rest. And the more I read of such books the less satisfied I became and the stonger became my desire to understand clearly what constituted reasoning.

As for the psychologists I found to my surprise that they either omitted reasoning altogether, or alluded to it in a most superficial manner.

Table of Contents

Chapter I On the Mnemonic Origin and Nature of Affective Tendencies

Chapter II Attention

Part I: Affective Conflict and Unity of Consciousness

Chapter III Attention

Part II: Vividness and Connection

Chapter IV What is Reasoning

Chapter V The Evolution of Reasoning

Part I: From Concrete reasoning to Abstract Reasoning

Chapter VI The Evolution of Reasoning

Part II From Intuition to Deduction

Chapter VII The Higher Forms of Reasoning

Part II: Mathematical Reasoning in its Phases of symbolic condensation and symbolic inversion

Chapter IX The Higher Forms of Reasoning

Part III: Mathematics and Mathematical Logic

Chapter X "Intentional" Reasoning

Part I: Dialectic Reasoning

Chapter XI "Intentional" reasoning

Part II: Metaphysical Reasoning

Chapter XII The Different Logical Types of Mind

Chapter XIII The Pathology of Reasoning

Part I: The Incoherence and Illogicality of Dreams

Chapter XIV The Pathology of Reasoning

Part III: Incoherent Insanity due to Mono-affectivism

Chapter XV The Pathology of Reasoning

Part III: Incoherent Insanity due to Instability, Impotence or Absence of the Affective Tendencies

Chapter XVI Conscious and Unconscious reasoning


Reasoning in Relation to Vital Finalism


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