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.
'... 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.' 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