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Practical Rationality and Preference
Essays for David Gauthier

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Christopher W. Morris, Arthur Ripstein, Robert Brandom, Claire Finkelstein, Derek Parfit, John Broome, Michael Thompson, Adam Morton, Peter Danielson, Edward F. McClennen, Candace Vogler
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  • Date Published: August 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521038843

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  • 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 new collection of essays some of the most innovative philosophers currently working in this field explore the controversies surrounding Gauthier's position. 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.

    • All essays are on the topic of practical rationality
    • Some contributors are dominant figures in the field, e.g. John Broome, Robert Brandom, Derek Parfit
    • Will interest non-philosophers in such areas as economics, political science, law and psychology
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    • Date Published: August 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521038843
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.384kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    1. Practical reason and preference Christopher W. Morris and Arthur Ripstein
    2. What do expressions of preference express? Robert Brandom
    3. Preference Arthur Ripstein
    4. Rational temptation Claire Finkelstein
    5. Bombs and coconuts, or rational irrationality Derek Parfit
    6. Are intentions reasons? And how should we cope with incommensurable values? John Broome
    7. Two forms of practical generality Michael Thompson
    8. Psychology for cooperators Adam Morton
    9. Which games should constrained maximizers play? Peter Danielson
    10. The strategy of cooperation Edward F. McClennen
    11. We were never in paradise Candace Vogler.

  • Editors

    Christopher W. Morris, Bowling Green State University, Ohio

    Arthur Ripstein, University of Toronto


    Christopher W. Morris, Arthur Ripstein, Robert Brandom, Claire Finkelstein, Derek Parfit, John Broome, Michael Thompson, Adam Morton, Peter Danielson, Edward F. McClennen, Candace Vogler

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