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Hard Choices : Decision Making under Unresolved Conflict - Isaac Levi

Hard Choices

Decision Making under Unresolved Conflict

Paperback Published: 11th August 1990
ISBN: 9780521386302
Number Of Pages: 264

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It is a commonplace that in making decisions agents often have to juggle competing values, and that no choice will maximize 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 among 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 argues not only against the "strict Bayesian" position, but also against all the recent attempts to develop alternative models to Bayesianism. The book, which continues from his earlier The Enterprise of Knowledge, is certain to make an original and controversial contribution to the debates over choice theory.

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"Levi's book represents an important extension of the current discussion of conflict situations..." Bryson Brown, University of Lethbridge "...a valuable and challenging contribution to choice theory." Ethics

Moral struggle
Values in scientific inquiry
Choice and foreknowledge
Value structures
Values revealed by choices
Uncertainty as a source of conflict
Conflict and social agency
Distributing benefits
Utilarianism and conflict
Social choice theory
Conflict and inquiry
Name index
Subject index
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ISBN: 9780521386302
ISBN-10: 0521386306
Series: Decision Making Under Unresolved Conflict
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 11th August 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.19  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.37