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Sperber, Dan

Works: 111 works in 585 publications in 8 languages and 8,215 library holdings
Genres: Encyclopedias  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Thesis advisor, Commentator, Translator, tra, Other
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Most widely held works by Dan Sperber
Rethinking symbolism by Dan Sperber( Book )

80 editions published between 1974 and 2008 in 8 languages and held by 1,298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relevance : communication and cognition by Dan Sperber( Book )

97 editions published between 1986 and 2011 in English and held by 1,262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The authors argue than human cognition has a goal: we pay attention only to information which seems to us relevant. To communicate is to claim someone's attention, and hence to imply that the information communicated is relevant. Thus, a single property - relevance is seen as the key to human communication and cognition. A second important feature of the book is its approach to the study of reasoning. It elucidates the role of background or contextual information in spontaneous inference, and shows that non-demonstrative inference processes can be fruitfully analysed as a form of suitably constrained guesswork. It directly challenges recent claims that human central thought processes are likely to remain a mystery for some time to come. Thirdly, the authors offer new insight into language and literature, radically revising current view on the nature and goals of verbal comprehension, and in particular on metaphor, irony, style, speech acts, presupposition and implicature. --from publisher description
On anthropological knowledge : three essays by Dan Sperber( Book )

49 editions published between 1982 and 1991 in 6 languages and held by 875 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explaining culture : a naturalistic approach by Dan Sperber( Book )

32 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ideas, Dan Sperber argues, may be contagious. They may invade whole populations. In the process, the people, their environment, and the ideas themselves are being transformed. To explain culture is to describe the causes and the effects of this contagion of ideas. This book will be read by all those with an interest in the impact of the cognitive revolution on our understanding of culture.-publisher description
Causal cognition : a multidisciplinary debate by Fondation Fyssen( Book )

31 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Understanding cause-effect relationships is fundamental to the study of cognition. This book presents the developments in the study of causal cognition and discuss their different perspectives. The result is an interdisciplinary debate aimed at the non-specialist
The enigma of reason by Hugo Mercier( Book )

14 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reason, we are told, is what makes us human, the source of our knowledge and wisdom. If reason is so useful, why didn't it also evolve in other animals? If reason is that reliable, why do we produce so much thoroughly reasoned nonsense? In their groundbreaking account of the evolution and workings of reason, Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber set out to solve this double enigma. Reason, they argue with a compelling mix of real-life and experimental evidence, is not geared to solitary use, to arriving at better beliefs and decisions on our own. What reason does, rather, is help us justify our beliefs and actions to others, convince them through argumentation, and evaluate the justifications and arguments that others address to us. In other words, reason helps humans better exploit their uniquely rich social environment. This interactionist interpretation explains why reason may have evolved and how it fits with other cognitive mechanisms. It makes sense of strengths and weaknesses that have long puzzled philosophers and psychologists--why reason is biased in favor of what we already believe, why it may lead to terrible ideas and yet is indispensable to spreading good ones.--
Metarepresentations : a multidisciplinary perspective by Dan Sperber( Book )

15 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume in the Vancouver Studies in Cognitive Science series concerns metarepresentation: the construction and use of representations that represent other representations. Metarepresentations are ubiquitous among human beings, whenever we think or talk about mental states or linguistic acts, or theorize about the mind or language. This volume collects previously unpublished studies on the subject by an interdisciplinary group of contributors, including Daniel Dennett, Alvin Goldman, Keith Lehrer, Leda Cosmides and John Tooby
Experimental pragmatics by Ira A Noveck( Book )

23 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How does our knowledge of the language on one hand, and our knowledge of the world and of the context in which we converse, on the other hand, enable us to understand what we are told, to resolve ambiguities, to appreciate metaphor and irony, to recognise speech acts and to grasp both explicit and implicit content in verbal communication? This book provides the first comprehensive introduction to an exciting new field, in which models of language and meaning are tested and compared using techniques from psycholinguistics. All chapters are written to be accessible even to readers who may be less familiar with pragmatic theory or experimental methods. For students on advanced courses in linguistics, cognitive science, psychology and philosophy with an interest in meaning interactions in verbal communication
Meaning and relevance by Deirdre Wilson( Book )

15 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When people speak, their words never fully encode what they mean, and the context is always compatible with a variety of interpretations. How can comprehension ever be achieved? Wilson and Sperber argue that comprehension is a process of inference guided by precise expectations of relevance. What are the relations between the linguistically encoded meanings studied in semantics and the thoughts that humans are capable of entertaining and conveying? How should we analyse literal meaning, approximations, metaphors and ironies? Is the ability to understand speakers' meanings rooted in a more general human ability to understand other minds? How do these abilities interact in evolution and in cognitive development? Meaning and Relevance sets out to answer these and other questions, enriching and updating relevance theory and exploring its implications for linguistics, philosophy, cognitive science and literary studies"--
La pertinence : Communication et cognition by Dan Sperber( Book )

17 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Comment les êtres humains parviennent-ils à communiquer ? En se servant du langage pour traduire ou encoder leur pensée, répondaient aussi bien Aristote que Jakobson. Mais les recherches linguistiques et psychologiques de ces dernières années ont établi que l'information que l'on communique n'est que très partiellement codée. En fait, les mécanismes que la communication met en oeuvre sont des mécanismes d'inférence autant que de codage. Ce livre inscrit l'étude de la communication dans celle de la cognition et donne une place primordiale aux processus d'inférence. Il montre comment ces processus tendent à chaque moment à traiter aussi efficacement que possible la plus pertinente des informations disponibles. La communication exploite ce souci constant de pertinence : demandant l'attention d'autrui, tout communicateur donne à entendre que son message est pertinent. La tâche du destinataire est alors de construire une interprétation du message propre à confirmer cette présomption de pertinence. Ces considérations de pertinence permettent au destinataire de reconnaître les contenus explicite et implicite d'un énoncé, le type d'acte de parole que cet énoncé sert à accomplir, son caractère littéral ou figuré, ses effets stylistiques. La Théorie de la Pertinence, présentée pour la première fois en français dans ce livre, est le fruit d'une collaboration de quinze ans entre l'anthropologue français Dan Sperber et la linguiste britannique Deirdre Wilson. Cette théorie a, aux États-Unis et en Grande-Bretagne, fait l'objet d'ardents débats et inspiré des recherches novatrices dans de nombreux domaines : théorie de la communication, philosophie du langage, sciences cognitives, linguistique, pragmatique, rhétorique et théorie littéraire."--P. [4] of cover
La Contagion des idées : théorie naturaliste de la culture by Dan Sperber( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in French and Undetermined and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traite un problème essentiel pour la compréhension de notre activité intellectuelle, celui des idées reçues : comment un certain nombre de représentations viennent-elles tapisser notre univers mental, à notre insu et sur le mode de l'évidence, et nous inscrivent dans une culture bien déterminée
Le structuralisme en anthropologie by Dan Sperber( Book )

21 editions published between 1968 and 1983 in French and Undetermined and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Qu'est-ce que le structuralisme? by Dan Sperber( Book )

18 editions published between 1968 and 1991 in French and Spanish and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La Fonction symbolique : essais d'anthropologie by Michel Izard( Book )

1 edition published in 1979 in French and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Des idées qui viennent by Roger-Pol Droit( Book )

5 editions published in 1999 in French and English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Quelles idées vont se développer dans les prochaines années? Comment vont-elles modifier notre conception de la pensée? Quel impact peuvent-elles avoir sur notre existence personnelle, notre réalité quotidienne, nos règles de vie? Ces modèles intellectuels qui émergent sont-ils en mesure d'influencer bientôt la politique? Nous avons voulu mettre en perspective les grandes lignes de force de la vie intellectuelle internationale." R.-P.D. et D.S
La relevancia : comunicación y procesos cognitivos by Dan Sperber( Book )

7 editions published in 1994 in Spanish and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The MIT encyclopedia of the cognitive sciences by Robert A Wilson( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Per una teoria del simbolismo : una ricerca antropologica by Dan Sperber( Book )

3 editions published between 1974 and 1981 in Italian and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La linguistique cartésienne by Noam Chomsky( Book )

13 editions published between 1966 and 1987 in French and Undetermined and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La pertinenza by Dan Sperber( Book )

4 editions published in 1993 in Italian and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Explaining culture : a naturalistic approach
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Dan Sperber chercheur français

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Dan Sperber französischer Anthropologe

Dan Sperber French academic

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English (275)

French (109)

Spanish (27)

German (14)

Italian (12)

Japanese (8)

Portuguese (1)

Polish (1)

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