Phil/Psych 447 Phil 673

Seminar in Cognitive Science: Cognition and Social Change

Week 10: War


  1. How can history be used to explain the past and guide the future?
  2. Do nations and countries exist? How?
  3. What is missing in the 3-analyses of nations and nationalism?
  4. How can the leaders’ decisions leading to WW1 be construed as rational?
  5. Are love, trust, mistrust, and commitment in international relations really the same as in romantic relationships?
  6. How is nationalism embodied and transbodied?
  7. How is international decision making analogical and emotional?
  8. Is mechanistic-narrative explanation coherent? What is missing?
  9. Do nations have mental states such as beliefs and wants?


Phil/Psych 447

Paul Thagard

Computational Epistemology Laboratory.

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