Decision Making Under Unresolved Conflict
By (author) Isaac Levi
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Hard Choices by Isaac Levi
Book DescriptionIt is a commonplace that in making decisions agents often have to juggle competing values, and that no choice will maximise satisfaction of them all. However, the prevailing account of these cases assumes that there is always a single ranking of the agent's values, and therefore no unresolvable conflict between them. Isaac Levi denies this assumption, arguing that agents often must choose without having balanced their different values and that to be rational, an act does not have to be optimal, only what Levi terms 'admissible'. This book explores the consequences of denying the assumption and develops a general approach to decision-making under unresolved conflict. Professor Levi discusses conflicts of value in several domains - those arising in moral dilemmas, the drawing of scientific inferences, decisions taken under uncertainty, and in social choice. In each of these he adapts his theoretical framework, showing how conflict may often be reduced though not always altogether eliminated.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521386302
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Apr-1990
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Isaac Levi
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This volume presents a series of essays on the nature of intellectual inquiry: what its aims are and how it operates. Isaac Levi draws upon the work of the American Pragmatists C. S. Peirce and John Dewey to investigate what justifies change in belief.
Fixation of Belief and Its Undoing, Paperback (May 2009)
This book will be of particular interest to discussion theorists, epistemologists, philosophers of science, computer scientists and cognitive psychologists.
For the Sake of the Argument, Paperback (August 2007)
This book offers an account of suppositional reasoning relevant to practical deliberation, explanation, prediction and hypothesis testing.
Decisions and Revisions, Paperback (November 2006)» View all books by Isaac Levi
A collection of Isaac Levi's philosophical papers, with an introduction.
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