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Rationality and commitment

Author: Fabienne Peter; Hans Bernhard Schmid
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2007
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Rational choice theory forms the core of the economic approach to human behaviour. It is also the most influential philosophical account of practical rationality. Yet there are persistent controversies about the scope of rational choice theory in philosophy and, increasingly, in economics as well. A leading critic is the philosopher and Nobel Laureate economist Amartya Sen, who put forward a trenchant critique of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fabienne Peter; Hans Bernhard Schmid
ISBN: 0199287260 9780199287260
OCLC Number: 476113190
Description: 377 s.
Contents: Rational Fools, Rational Commitments: An Introduction ; PART I. COMMITTED ACTION ; 1. Why Exactly is Commitment Important for Rationality? ; 2. Construing Sen on Commitment ; 3. Sympathy, Commitment, and Preference ; PART II. RETHINKING RATIONALITY ; 4. Instrumental Rationality Versus Practical Reason: Goals, Ends, and Commitment ; 5. The Grammar of Rationality ; 6. The Rationality of Rational Fools: The Role of Commitments, Persons and Agents in Rational Choice Modelling ; 7. Rational Self-commitment ; 8. Rationality and Commitment in Voluntary Cooperation: Insights from Experimental Economics ; PART III. COMMITMENT, INTENTIONS, AND IDENTITY ; 9. Beyond Self-goal Choice: Sen's Analysis of Commitment and The Role of Shared Desires ; 10. Cooperation and the We-perspective ; 11. Collective Intentions, Commitment and Collective Action Problems ; 12. Theories of Team Agency ; 13. Identity and Commitment: Sen's Conception of the Individual ; Rational Choice: Discipline, Brand Name and Substance
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Thirteen leading philosophers and economists discuss the Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen's trenchant critique of rational choice theory, and propose their own answers to the question of how to account for  Read more...

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