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Making Choices By Frederic Schick (Rutgers University, New Jersey)

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This book, first published in 1997, is an introductory overview of decision theory. It is completely non-technical, without a single formula in the book. Written in a crisp and clear style it succinctly covers the full range of philosophical issues of rationality and decision theory, including game theory, social choice theory, prisoner's dilemma and much else.

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Making Choices: A Recasting of Decision Theory by Frederic Schick (Rutgers University, New Jersey)

This book, first published in 1997, is an introductory overview of decision theory. It is completely non-technical, without a single formula in the book. Written in a crisp and clear style it succinctly covers the full range of philosophical issues of rationality and decision theory, including game theory, social choice theory, prisoner's dilemma and much else. The book aims to expand the scope and enrich the foundations of decision theory. By addressing such issues as ambivalence, inner conflict, and the constraints imposed upon us by our attachments to others, Frederic Schick reveals that our thinking is often more subtle than standard theories of rationality allow. Only a theory that respects that subtlety can illumine what is otherwise puzzling. The book contains many examples drawn from history and literature dealing with subjects such as love, war, friendship, and crime.

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'... clearly, simply, and engagingly written with gripping examples ... Only someone with Schick's mastery of a number of formal theories of choice and decision could have presented their core ideas so attractively to a broad audience without distortion.' Jonathan Adler, City University of New York
'The exposition is clear and the style is lively. Key points are illustrated with vivid and unforgettable examples ... this is a book well worth reading.' The Times Literary Supplement
'... this was a succinct and well-written book, keeping the reader's attention throughout. Anyone with an interest in decision-making will undoubtedly develop a deepter and more appreciate understanding of the many issues and problems involved in this area of study.' The Philosopher's Magazine
"The book is clearly, simply, and engagingly written with gripping examples..." Jonathan Adler, CUNY
"This short, elegantly written book sts itself an ambitious agenda, undertaking to offer an overview of individual decision making under certainty, under risk, when values are multidemensional, and when they are conflicted. The book ougt to put Schick's important contributions in prospective for contemporary philosophers of mind, morals, and decision making." Jrnl of Philosophy

Table of Contents


1. Difficult choices; 2. Having reasons; 3. Rationality; 4. Shaping up; 5. Other people; 6. Social choice; 7. Choosing right.

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GOR002018740
Making Choices: A Recasting of Decision Theory by Frederic Schick (Rutgers University, New Jersey)
Frederic Schick (Rutgers University, New Jersey)
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
1997-02-13
174
0521588405
9780521588409
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