Realistic Decision Theory: Rules for Nonideal Agents in Nonideal Circumstances by Paul Weirich

Realistic Decision Theory: Rules for Nonideal Agents in Nonideal Circumstances

byPaul Weirich

Hardcover | August 6, 2004

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Within traditional decision theory, common decision principles -- e.g. the principle to maximize utility -- generally invoke idealization; they govern ideal agents in ideal circumstances. In Realistic Decision Theory, Paul Weirch adds practicality to decision theory by formulating principlesapplying to nonideal agents in nonideal circumstances, such as real people coping with complex decisions. Bridging the gap between normative demands and psychological resources, Realistic Decision Theory is essential reading for theorists seeking precise normative decision principles thatacknowledge the limits and difficulties of human decision-making.

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Paul Weirich is at University of Missouri-Columbia.
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Title:Realistic Decision Theory: Rules for Nonideal Agents in Nonideal CircumstancesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:278 pages, 6.3 × 9.41 × 0.91 inPublished:August 6, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195171259

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"The book is admirably clear and full of stimulating suggestions. Anyone interested in the subject should read it...Weirich makes some extremely helpful points about the description of the nonideal situation..."-- Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews