Inside Man: The Discipline of Modeling Human Ways of Being

Inside Man: The Discipline of Modeling Human Ways of Being

Inside Man: The Discipline of Modeling Human Ways of Being

Inside Man: The Discipline of Modeling Human Ways of Being

Synopsis

Inside Man presents readers with an exercise in modeling human ways of being- thinking, feeling, acting. This book does not merely introduce models, but also attempts to teach modeling and to produce, within the reader, the predispositions and attitudes of the modeler: a distance from the individual whose behavior is modeled, an engineering approach to the model-building process, a (self)-critical approach to the model testing and elaboration process, and a pedagogical and a therapeutic approach to enacting and communicating models. Author Mihnea C. Moldoveanu makes the process and the phenomenon of modeling transparent and explicit, and clarifies the reasons for which modeling human behavior has to be an interactive process between the modeler and the modeled. This perspective situates Inside Man at the intersection of analytical and computational thinking about rationality, reasoning, choice and thinking, and the tradition of action science and action research.

Excerpt

Wherein the aims and goals of ascriptive science—the discipline of making valid ascriptions of mental states to humans on the basis of observing their behavior— are introduced and illuminated against the current intellectual landscape of normative, descriptive, and prescriptive approaches to the human sciences and against the background of strands of hermeneutics, the philosophy of language, and the theory of rational choice inherited from a century and a half of writing and thinking about the subject.

What follows is an attempt to build a rigorous science of human action from a repertoire of moves and conceptual structures provided by decision and rational choice theory, classical epistemology, artificial intelligence, the philosophy of language, and the experimental methods and results of cognitive and social psychology. the resulting science expressly and explicitly distances the modeler of human behavior and thought from the subject of his or her models. in building this science I make deliberate and frequent use of mathematical and logical models of thinking, believing, emoting, and behaving, and I use them to the explicit end of helping modelers achieve distance from the behavior being modeled with the aim of . . .

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