Rationality: a social-epistemology perspective

Sylvia Wenmackers, Danny E. P. Vanpoucke, Igor Douven*

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Both in philosophy and in psychology, human rationality has traditionally been studied from an "individualistic" perspective. Recently, social epistemologists have drawn attention to the fact that epistemic interactions among agents also give rise to important questions concerning rationality. In previous work, we have used a formal model to assess the risk that a particular type of social-epistemic interactions lead agents with initially consistent belief states into inconsistent belief states. Here, we continue this work by investigating the dynamics to which these interactions may give rise in the population as a whole.

Original languageEnglish
Article number581
Number of pages14
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • social epistemology
  • rationality
  • computer simulations
  • opinion dynamics
  • beliefs
  • theory
  • inconsistency
  • probability

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