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Concepts without intuition lose the game: commentary on Montero and Evans (2011)

Gobet, Fernand ORCID: 0000-0002-9317-6886 (2012) Concepts without intuition lose the game: commentary on Montero and Evans (2011). Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 11 (2). 237 - 250. ISSN 1568-7759

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s11097-011-9246-7


In several papers, Hubert Dreyfus has used chess as a paradigmatic example of how experts act intuitively, rarely using deliberation when selecting actions, while individuals that are only competent rely on analytic and deliberative thought. By contrast, Montero and Evans (Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 10:175-194, 2011) argue that intuitive aspects of chess are actually rational, in the sense that actions can be justified. In this paper, I show that both Dreyfus's and Montero and Evans's views are too extreme, and that expertise in chess, and presumably in other domains, depends on a combination of intuitive thinking and deliberative search, both mediated by perceptual processes. There is more to expertise than just rational thought. I further contend that both sides ignore emotions, which are important in acquiring and maintaining expertise. Finally, I argue that experimental data and first-person data, which are sometimes presented as irreconcilable in the phenomenology literature, actually lead to similar conclusions.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2019 09:39
Last Modified: 30 May 2024 07:00

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