Decision Theory and Rationality

3.5 avg rating
( 6 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780199596249: Decision Theory and Rationality

The concept of rationality is a common thread through the human and social sciences -- from political science to philosophy, from economics to sociology, and from management science to decision analysis. But what counts as rational action and rational behavior?

Jose Luis Bermudez explores decision theory as a theory of rationality. Decision theory is the mathematical theory of choice and for many social scientists it makes the concept of rationality mathematically tractable and scientifically legitimate.

Yet rationality is a concept with several dimensions and the theory of rationality has different roles to play. It plays an action-guiding role (prescribing what counts as a rational solution of a given decision problem). It plays a normative role (giving us the tools to pass judgment not just on how a decision problem was solved, but also on how it was set up in the first place). And it plays a predictive/explanatory role (telling us how rational agents will behave, or why they did what they did).

This controversial but accessible book shows that decision theory cannot play all of these roles simultaneously. And yet, it argues, no theory of rationality can play one role without playing the other two. The conclusion is that there is no hope of taking decision theory as a theory of rationality.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Jose Luis Bermudez is Professor of Philosophy at Washington University in St Louis, where he is director of the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology program and of the Center for Programs in Arts and Sciences.

Review:

Review from previous edition: "This fine book conducts a deep analysis and subtle evaluation of decision theory... Many valuable points about decision theory and rationality arise during this book's meticulous, probing examination of various accounts of utility, outcomes, and consistency among
choices over time... Any student of decision theory, even one who disagrees with the book's conclusion about the theory's contribution to an understanding of rationality, will profit from the book's careful analysis of the theory."

--Paul Weirich, Ethics

"Bermudez makes an important contribution to an area that has already generated a great deal of debate. His description of the challenges to decision theory and the strategies for addressing them is thought provoking. If he succeeds in making psychologists and others more reluctant to use the
word rationality, it will be no great loss."

--Gordon Pitz, Contemporary Psychology

"This book does an admirable job of surveying and engaging the different possible responses to the challenges it addresses, so it is particularly worth reading to get a nuanced picture of the state of the field... the book gives us not only a thorough assessment of the various challenges
facing decision theory, but also a clear way to frame discussion of the relationships among the different purposes decision theory might serve."

--Lara Buchak, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 34.95
US$ 24.80

Convert Currency

Shipping: US$ 3.80
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Jose Luis Bermudez
Published by Oxford University Press 2011-02-03, Oxford (2011)
ISBN 10: 0199596247 ISBN 13: 9780199596249
New paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press 2011-02-03, Oxford, 2011. paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9780199596249

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 24.80
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.80
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Jose Luis Bermudez
Published by Oxford University Press, United Kingdom (2011)
ISBN 10: 0199596247 ISBN 13: 9780199596249
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, United Kingdom, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 214 x 140 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. The concept of rationality is a common thread through the human and social sciences - from political science to philosophy, from economics to sociology, and from management science to decision analysis. But what counts as rational action and rational behavior? Jose Luis Bermudez explores decision theory as a theory of rationality. Decision theory is the mathematical theory of choice and for many social scientists it makes the concept of rationality mathematically tractable and scientifically legitimate. Yet rationality is a concept with several dimensions and the theory of rationality has different roles to play. It plays an action-guiding role (prescribing what counts as a rational solution of a given decision problem). It plays a normative role (giving us the tools to pass judgment not just on how a decision problem was solved, but also on how it was set up in the first place). And it plays a predictive/explanatory role (telling us how rational agents will behave, or why they did what they did). This controversial but accessible book shows that decision theory cannot play all of these roles simultaneously. And yet, it argues, no theory of rationality can play one role without playing the other two. The conclusion is that there is no hope of taking decision theory as a theory of rationality. Bookseller Inventory # AAV9780199596249

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 30.69
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Professor of Philosophy Jose Luis Bermudez
Published by Oxford University Press, United Kingdom (2011)
ISBN 10: 0199596247 ISBN 13: 9780199596249
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, United Kingdom, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 214 x 140 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.The concept of rationality is a common thread through the human and social sciences - from political science to philosophy, from economics to sociology, and from management science to decision analysis. But what counts as rational action and rational behavior? Jose Luis Bermudez explores decision theory as a theory of rationality. Decision theory is the mathematical theory of choice and for many social scientists it makes the concept of rationality mathematically tractable and scientifically legitimate. Yet rationality is a concept with several dimensions and the theory of rationality has different roles to play. It plays an action-guiding role (prescribing what counts as a rational solution of a given decision problem). It plays a normative role (giving us the tools to pass judgment not just on how a decision problem was solved, but also on how it was set up in the first place). And it plays a predictive/explanatory role (telling us how rational agents will behave, or why they did what they did). This controversial but accessible book shows that decision theory cannot play all of these roles simultaneously. And yet, it argues, no theory of rationality can play one role without playing the other two. The conclusion is that there is no hope of taking decision theory as a theory of rationality. Bookseller Inventory # AAV9780199596249

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 31.64
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Berm?dez, Jos? Luis
Published by OUP Oxford (2011)
ISBN 10: 0199596247 ISBN 13: 9780199596249
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description OUP Oxford, 2011. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IQ-9780199596249

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 33.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Bermudez, Jose Luis
Published by OUP Oxford (2016)
ISBN 10: 0199596247 ISBN 13: 9780199596249
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description OUP Oxford, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. PRINT ON DEMAND Book; New; Publication Year 2016; Not Signed; Fast Shipping from the UK. No. book. Bookseller Inventory # ria9780199596249_lsuk

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 33.13
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.91
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Berm?dez, Jos? Luis
Published by OUP Oxford (2011)
ISBN 10: 0199596247 ISBN 13: 9780199596249
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description OUP Oxford, 2011. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Delivered from our UK warehouse in 3 to 5 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # LQ-9780199596249

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 29.15
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.41
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Bermudez, Jose Luis
Published by Oxford University Press (2011)
ISBN 10: 0199596247 ISBN 13: 9780199596249
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # INGM9780199596249

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 39.82
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Jose Luis Bermudez
Published by Oxford University Press
ISBN 10: 0199596247 ISBN 13: 9780199596249
New Paperback Quantity Available: 20
Seller
BuySomeBooks
(Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Paperback. 208 pages. Dimensions: 8.4in. x 5.5in. x 0.6in.The concept of rationality is a common thread through the human and social sciences -- from political science to philosophy, from economics to sociology, and from management science to decision analysis. But what counts as rational action and rational behavior Jose Luis Bermudez explores decision theory as a theory of rationality. Decision theory is the mathematical theory of choice and for many social scientists it makes the concept of rationality mathematically tractable and scientifically legitimate. Yet rationality is a concept with several dimensions and the theory of rationality has different roles to play. It plays an action-guiding role (prescribing what counts as a rational solution of a given decision problem). It plays a normative role (giving us the tools to pass judgment not just on how a decision problem was solved, but also on how it was set up in the first place). And it plays a predictiveexplanatory role (telling us how rational agents will behave, or why they did what they did). This controversial but accessible book shows that decision theory cannot play all of these roles simultaneously. And yet, it argues, no theory of rationality can play one role without playing the other two. The conclusion is that there is no hope of taking decision theory as a theory of rationality. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 9780199596249

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 41.41
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Bermudez, Jose Luis
Published by Oxford University Press (2017)
ISBN 10: 0199596247 ISBN 13: 9780199596249
New Paperback Quantity Available: 13
Print on Demand
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 2017. Paperback. Book Condition: New. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # 0199596247

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 43.29
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Jose Luis Bermudez
Published by Oxford University Press, USA (2011)
ISBN 10: 0199596247 ISBN 13: 9780199596249
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, USA, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0199596247

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 43.59
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book