Normal Rationality: Decisions and Social Order by Edna Ullmann-MargalitNormal Rationality: Decisions and Social Order by Edna Ullmann-Margalit

Normal Rationality: Decisions and Social Order

byEdna Ullmann-Margalit

Hardcover | October 7, 2017

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Normal Rationality is a selection of the most important work of Edna Ullmann-Margalit, presenting some influential and widely admired essays alongside some that are not well known. She was an unorthodox and deeply original philosopher whose work illuminated the largest mysteries of human life.Much of her writing focuses on two fundamental questions. (1) How do people proceed when they cannot act on the basis of reasons, or project likely consequences? (2) How is social order possible? Ullmann-Margalit's answers, emphasizing what might be called biased rationality, are important not onlyfor philosophy, but also for political science, psychology, sociology, cognitive science, economics (including behavioral economics), law, and even public policy.Ullmann-Margalit demonstrates that people have identifiable strategies for making difficult decisions, whether the question is small (what to buy at a supermarket) or big (whether to transform one's life in some large-scale way). She also shows that social dilemmas are solved by norms; thatinvisible-hand explanations take two identifiable (and dramatically different) forms; that trust can emerge in seemingly unpromising situations; and that considerateness is the foundation on which our relationships are organized in both the thin context of the public space and the intimate contextof the family. One of the distinguishing features of Ullmann-Margalit's work is its close attention to the details of human experience, and its use of those details to offer fresh understandings of social phenomena. Her essays cast new light on a diverse assortment of problems in philosophy, socialscience, and individual lives.
Edna Ullmann-Margalit was Professor of Philosophy at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and Director of the Center for the Study of Rationality. She was also Chair of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. She published The Emergence of Norms with Oxford University Press in 1977; a paperback edition was issued in 2016. Avishai Mar...
Title:Normal Rationality: Decisions and Social OrderFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pagesPublished:October 7, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Editors' Introduction1. Picking and Choosing (with Sidney Morgenbesser)2. On Presumption3. Second-Order Decisions (with Cass R. Sunstein)4. Big Decisions: Opting, Converting, Drifting5. On Not Wanting to Know6. Holding True and Holding as True (with Avishai Margalit)7. Revision of Norms8. Invisible Hand Explanations9. The Invisible Hand and the Cunning of Reason10. Solidarity in Consumption (with Cass R. Sunstein)11. Trust, Distrust, and in Between12. The Case of the Camera in the Kitchen: Surveillance, Privacy, Sanctions and Governance13. ConsideratenessEpilogue: Final Ends and Meaningful Lives