Thinking about Acting: Logical Foundations for Rational Decision Making

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Oxford University Press, Jul 27, 2006 - Philosophy - 280 pages
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John Pollock aims to construct a theory of rational decision making for real agents--not ideal agents. Real agents have limited cognitive powers, but traditional theories of rationality have applied only to idealized agents that lack such constraints. Pollock argues that theories of ideal rationality are largely irrelevant to the decision making of real agents. Thinking about Acting aims to provide a theory of "real rationality."
 

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Contents

Rational Choice and Classical Decision Theory
3
Values
21
Probabilities
79
Decisions
143
The Theory of Nomic Probability
225
Bibliography
253
Index
263
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John L. Pollock is Regents' Professor of Philosophy and Research Professor of Cognitive Science, University of Arizona, Tucson.

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