Indeterminacy and Society

Indeterminacy and Society

by Russell Hardin
     
 

"Russell Hardin shows us the need to face the consequences of indeterminacy. Maximization of independent variables is impossible, standard decision theory is unreal (as is Rawls's theory of justice), and there are no easy answers—though 'ordinary people manage to get through life most of the time.' Combining theoretical virtuosity with common sense, this is

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"Russell Hardin shows us the need to face the consequences of indeterminacy. Maximization of independent variables is impossible, standard decision theory is unreal (as is Rawls's theory of justice), and there are no easy answers—though 'ordinary people manage to get through life most of the time.' Combining theoretical virtuosity with common sense, this is one of the essential books of our time."—Jan Narveson, University of Waterloo

"This is an important and first-rate piece of work. Russell Hardin is right to assert that ignoring inescapable indeterminacy is a mistake. The issues he raises are momentous and timely, both in the realm of abstract economic, political, and moral theory, as well as in the study and practice of public policy. So Hardin's frontal attack deserves (and needs) to be considered."—Christopher W. Morris, author of An Essay on the Modern State

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691123929
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
12/05/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Indeterminacy1
Ch. 2Beyond Basic Rationality16
Ch. 3Mutual Advantage41
Ch. 4The Greatest Sum55
Ch. 5Marginal Determinacy70
Ch. 6Rules for Determinacy81
Ch. 7Indeterminate Justice102
Ch. 8Mechanical Determinacy121
App. to Ch. 2Determinacy in Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma139
App. to Ch. 4Individually Cardinal Utility141
Notes143
References151
Index159

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