Thinking about Acting: Logical Foundations for Rational Decision Making / Edition 1

Thinking about Acting: Logical Foundations for Rational Decision Making / Edition 1

by John L. Pollock
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195304810

ISBN-13: 9780195304817

Pub. Date: 06/16/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

John Pollock aims to construct a theory of rational decision making for real agents—not ideal agents. Real agents have limited cognitive powers, but traditional theories of rationality have applied only to idealized agents that lack such constraints. Pollock argues that theories of ideal rationality are largely irrelevant to the decision making of real agents.

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John Pollock aims to construct a theory of rational decision making for real agents—not ideal agents. Real agents have limited cognitive powers, but traditional theories of rationality have applied only to idealized agents that lack such constraints. Pollock argues that theories of ideal rationality are largely irrelevant to the decision making of real agents. Thinking about Acting aims to provide a theory of "real rationality."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195304817
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/16/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Rational choice and classical decision theory3
Ch. 2Evaluative cognition and the evaluative database23
Ch. 3Evaluative induction37
Ch. 4Some observations about evaluative cognition55
Ch. 5The database calculation67
Ch. 6Subjective probabilities81
Ch. 7Objective probabilities101
Ch. 8Causal probabilities117
Ch. 9Rational choice and action omnipotence145
Ch. 10Plans and decisions167
Ch. 11Plans and their expected utilities193
Ch. 12Locally global planning213
AppThe theory of nomic probability225

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