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Decision Theory with a Human Face

Decision Theory with a Human Face

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  • Date Published: November 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107003217

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  • When making decisions, people naturally face uncertainty about the potential consequences of their actions due in part to limits in their capacity to represent, evaluate or deliberate. Nonetheless, they aim to make the best decisions possible. In Decision Theory with a Human Face, Richard Bradley develops new theories of agency and rational decision-making, offering guidance on how 'real' agents who are aware of their bounds should represent the uncertainty they face, how they should revise their opinions as a result of experience and how they should make decisions when lacking full awareness of, or precise opinions on relevant contingencies. He engages with the strengths and flaws of Bayesian reasoning, and presents clear and comprehensive explorations of key issues in decision theory, from belief and desire to semantics and learning. His book draws on philosophy, economics, decision science and psychology, and will appeal to readers in all of these disciplines.

    • Presents a comprehensive treatment of rational decision-making in situations of severe factual and evaluative uncertainty, and develops a unified theory of rational bounded agency
    • Provides researchers in different fields - philosophy, economics, psychology - with a coherent conceptual framework within which to investigate key issues
    • Includes clear and detailed presentation of formal and conceptual philosophical material, enabling readers to develop an advanced understanding of the latest research
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Decision Theory with a Human Face is a major work that unifies and expands on an already impressive body of work from Bradley. It is difficult to think of many major debates in philosophical decision theory to which it does not make significant contributions.' Timothy Luke Williamson, Metascience

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107003217
    • length: 350 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    Part I. Rationality, Uncertainty and Choice:
    1. Decision problems
    2. Rationality
    3. Uncertainty
    4. Justifying Bayesianism
    Part II. Prospective Rationality:
    5. Rational belief and desire
    6. Conditional attitudes
    7. Conditionals and the Ramsey Test
    Part III. Facing the World:
    8. Multidimensional possible world semantics
    9. Taking action
    10. The learning agent
    Part IV. Rationality Within Bounds:
    11. Imprecise Bayesianism
    12. Changing your mind
    13. Decision making under severe uncertainty
    14. Confidence

  • Author

    Richard Bradley, London School of Economics and Political Science
    Richard Bradley is Professor of Philosophy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is an editor of the journal Economics and Philosophy, and his work on decision theory, semantics and epistemology has been published in numerous leading journals.

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