Rationality in Action: Contemporary Approaches

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Paul K. Moser
Cambridge University Press, Oct 26, 1990 - Philosophy - 493 pages
This anthology is intended for advanced undergraduates and graduate students in such disciplines as philosophy, psychology, economics, and political science. It includes twenty-one selections falling under three main categories: individual decision theory; game theory and group decision-making; reasons, desires and intentionality. All the pieces have been published before in journals and have proven long term importance to theoretical work in rational action. The volume includes a general introduction on decision theory and a topical bibliography.
 

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Contents

Utility theory
19
Historical and critical comments on utility
41
Individual decision making under uncertainty
55
Problems and revisions
87
Risk ambiguity and the Savage axioms
89
Criticism of the postulates and axioms of the American School
113
Prospect theory an analysis of decision under risk
140
Judgment under uncertainty heuristics and biases
171
Maximization constrained the rationality of cooperation
315
Impossibility theorems for social choice
335
Values and collective decision making
337
The impossibility of a Paretian libera
354
Liberty and social choice
360
Reasons desires and irrationality
381
Reasons desires and values
385
Internal and external reasons
387

Alternative visions of rationality
189
Newcombs problem and causal decision theory
205
Newcombs problem and two principles of choice
207
Causal decision theory
235
Game theory and group decision making
265
Games cooperation and the prisoners dilemma
269
Advances in understanding rational behavior
271
The emergence of cooperation among egoists
294
The concept of rational action
398
Rationality and valuation
416
Irrationality
447
20 Paradoxes of irrationality
449
21 Rational dilemmas and rational supererogation
465
Bibliography on rational action
481
Index
487
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Paul K. Moser is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. He is the author of The Elusive God (Cambridge University Press, 2008), editor of Jesus and Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2008), and co-editor of Divine Hiddenness (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and of The Rationality of Theism (Routledge, 2003). He is also editor of the journal American Philosophical Quarterly. He is currently writing a book titled The Evidence for God for a non-scholarly audience (to be published by Cambridge University Press).

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