9780521038843

Practical Rationality and Preference: Essays for David Gauthier

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521038843

  • ISBN10:

    0521038847

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-08-06
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

What are preferences and are they reasons for action? Is it rational to cooperate with others even if that entails acting against one's preferences? The dominant position in philosophy on the topic of practical rationality is that one acts so as to maximize the satisfaction of one's preferences. This view is most closely associated with the work of David Gauthier, and in this collection of essays some of the most innovative philosophers working in this field explore the controversies surrounding Gauthier's position. Several essays argue against influential conceptions of preference, while others suggest that received conceptions of rational action misidentify the normative significance of rules and practices. This collection will be of particular interest to philosophers of social theory and to reflective social scientists in such fields as economics, political science and psychology.

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Practical reason and preference
What do expressions of preference express?
Preference
Rational temptation
Bombs and coconuts, or rational irrationality
Are intentions reasons? And how should we cope with incommensurable values?
Two forms of practical generality
Psychology for cooperators
Which games should constrained maximizers play?
The strategy of cooperation
We were never in paradise
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