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Space to ReasonA Spatial Theory of Human Thought$
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Markus Knauff

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262018654

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262018654.001.0001

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Inner Eye and Inner Space

Inner Eye and Inner Space

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(p.xviii) (p.1) 1 Inner Eye and Inner Space
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Space to Reason
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Markus Knauff

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262018654.003.0001

This chapter provides a brief historical introduction to the fields of rationality and logical reasoning and imagination, along with a discussion of experimental findings on the types of mental representations that are likely to be used in reasoning. It emphasizes that belief in the role of visual imagery in human thought has been shaped by the introspective reports of scientists since the beginning of the humanities and science. The chapter presents the experimental and scientific evidences from different fields of the cognitive sciences establishing and supporting the terminological differences between visual images and spatial representations in human thought. It also focuses on the advantages and disadvantages of visual imagery in human cognition and explains the difference between the concept of the “inner eye” and “inner space” in human reasoning.

Keywords:   rationality, logical reasoning, imagination, visual imagery, human thought, cognitive sciences, humanities, human cognition, human reasoning

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