Rationality in Action: Contemporary Approaches by Paul K. Moser
This anthology is intended for advanced undergraduates and graduate students in such disciplines as philosophy, psychology, economics, and political science. It includes twenty-one selections falling under three main categories: individual decision theory; game theory and group decision-making; reasons, desires and intentionality. All the pieces have been published before in journals and have proven long term importance to theoretical work in rational action. The volume includes a general introduction on decision theory and a topical bibliography.
Paul K. Moser is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. He is the author of The Elusive God (Cambridge University Press, 2008), editor of Jesus and Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2008), and co-editor of Divine Hiddenness (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and of The Rationality of Theism (Routledge, 2003). He is also editor of the journal American Philosophical Quarterly. He is currently writing a book titled The Evidence for God for a non-scholarly audience (to be published by Cambridge University Press).
Table of Contents
Introduction; Part I. Individual Decision Theory: Concepts and Foundations: 1. Decisions under certainty, risk and uncertainty; 2. Problems and revisions; 3. Newcomb's problem and causal decision theory; Part II. Game Theory and Group Decision-Making: 1. Games, cooperation and the prisoner's dilemma; 2. Impossibility theorems for social choice; Part III. Reasons, Desires, and Irrationality: 1. Reasons, desires and values; 2. Irrationality; Part IV. Bibliography on Rational Decision-Making.