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Deliberative Coherence

Elijah Millgram and Paul Thagard
Synthese
Vol. 108, No. 1 (Jul., 1996), pp. 63-88
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20117531
Page Count: 26
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Abstract

Choosing the right plan is often choosing the more coherent plan: but what is coherence? We argue that coherence-directed practical inference ought to be represented computationally. To that end, we advance a theory of deliberative coherence, and describe its implementation in a program modelled on Thagard's ECHO. We explain how the theory can be tested and extended, and consider its bearing on instrumentalist accounts of practical rationality.

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