Realistic Decision Theory: Rules for Nonideal Agents in Nonideal Circumstances

Hardcover | August 6, 2004

byPaul Weirich

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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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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 circ...

Paul Weirich is at University of Missouri-Columbia.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:278 pages, 6.3 × 9.41 × 0.91 inPublished:August 6, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019517125X

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