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    Bossert, Walter Qi, Chloe X. and Weymark, John A. 2013. MEASURING GROUP FITNESS IN A BIOLOGICAL HIERARCHY: AN AXIOMATIC SOCIAL CHOICE APPROACH. Economics and Philosophy, Vol. 29, Issue. 03, p. 301.


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This volume explores from multiple perspectives the subtle and interesting relationship between the theory of rational choice and Darwinian evolution. In rational choice theory, agents are assumed to make choices that maximize their utility; in evolution, natural selection 'chooses' between phenotypes according to the criterion of fitness maximization. So there is a parallel between utility in rational choice theory and fitness in Darwinian theory. This conceptual link between fitness and utility is mirrored by the interesting parallels between formal models of evolution and rational choice. The essays in this volume, by leading philosophers, economists, biologists and psychologists, explore the connection between evolution and rational choice in a number of different contexts, including choice under uncertainty, strategic decision making and pro-social behaviour. They will be of interest to students and researchers in philosophy of science, evolutionary biology, economics and psychology.


'… philosophers of economics might feel that this book focuses too much on evolutionary theory, but I believe that it tackles a lot of questions that are of interest for them as well. It also shows that there is a lot we do not yet understand … Evolution and Rationality provides strong evidence that biologists, economists and philosophers have a lot to gain from discussing these issues together.'

Wiljan Van Den Berge Source: Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics

'Evolution and Rationality is a stimulating collection of work that should be of interest to philosophers, biologists, psychologists and economists alike … the book is an excellent and much needed contribution to an area that demands interdisciplinary attention.'

Rory Smead Source: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences

'… despite the increasing amount of literature on evolution and on rationality, this book represents a good picture of the state of the art and, at the same time, a useful tool for people studying cooperation and evolution.'

Source: International Review of Economics

'Evolution and Rationality is ideal for getting up to speed on the issues at the overlap of economic rationality and evolutionary theory.'

Ryan Muldoon Source: Journal of Economics and Philosophy

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