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

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Overview

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."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195304817
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/16/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John L. Pollock is Regents' Professor of Philosophy and Research Professor of Cognitive Science, University of Arizona, Tucson.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Rational choice and classical decision theory 3
Ch. 2 Evaluative cognition and the evaluative database 23
Ch. 3 Evaluative induction 37
Ch. 4 Some observations about evaluative cognition 55
Ch. 5 The database calculation 67
Ch. 6 Subjective probabilities 81
Ch. 7 Objective probabilities 101
Ch. 8 Causal probabilities 117
Ch. 9 Rational choice and action omnipotence 145
Ch. 10 Plans and decisions 167
Ch. 11 Plans and their expected utilities 193
Ch. 12 Locally global planning 213
App The theory of nomic probability 225
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