A Few Comments on the Linda Problem Cover Image

A Few Comments on the Linda Problem
A Few Comments on the Linda Problem

Author(s): Adam Olszewski
Subject(s): Epistemology, Logic, Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Psychology
Published by: Filozofický ústav SAV
Keywords: Conjunction fallacy; cognitive psychology; conditional probability; Linda problem;

Summary/Abstract: This paper discusses an experiment in cognitive psychology called the Linda problem. Firstly, some natural conditions for the correctness of the interpretation of psychological experiments (such as the Linda problem) are formulated. The article is essentially a critique of the interpretation of the results of the Linda problem experiment provided by Kahneman and Tversky as well as – indirectly – their concept of heuristics. It is shown that the interpretation provided by Kahneman and Tversky does not meet the aforementioned conditions for correctness. The main argument is justified utilizing such rules of rationality as conditional probability and Grice’s conversational maxims. It is also pointed out that this argument can be reformulated in terms of the intuitive system of reasoning.

  • Issue Year: 24/2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 184-195
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English