1. PROGRESS IN UTILITY AND RISK THEORY At the First International Congress of Utility and Risk Theory in Oslo 1982 (FUR-82) it appeared to be a widespread feeling among the participants that the conference signalled something like a paradigm shift in the field. This does not necessarily mean that old truths were discarded and replaced by new ones, but rather that new theories and new empirical evidence were brought forth, compelling old theories to be critically analyzed from new angels. Some of the papers presented at FUR-82 have been published by Reidel in 1983 in a volume edited by Stigum and Wenst0p. The present volume contains com- mentaries on a number of the papers presented at the conference together with broader outlines of current views on the theory. The observation that utility and risk theory now appears to be in a state of rapid change has prompted us to choose the title PROGRESS IN UTILITY AND RISK THEORY for the book, in the belief that science always moves from poorer to more advanced paradigms or from weaker to more forceful theories.
In other words, change is usually progress, even though intermediate stages in a para- digm shift may be bewildering, to say the least.
I / Foundations of Utility and Probability.- The Foundations of the Theory of Utility and Risk. Some Central Points of the Discussions at the Oslo Conference.- II / One Utility Function or Two?.- Utility and Risk Preference Functions.- Neo-Cardinalism.- Prediction, Measurement, and Error of Utility: A Reply to Allais.- III / Prescriptive Versus Descriptive Decision Models.- Remarks to Professor Allais' Contributions to the Theory of Expected Utility and Related Subjects.- Decision-Aid and Expected Utility Theory: A Critical Survey.- IV / Aspects of Process Utility.- The Importance of What Might Have Been.- Relativity in Decision Theory.- The Utility of Gambling and of Outcomes: Inconsistent First Approximations.- Name Index.
Series: Theory and Decision Library
Number Of Pages: 279
Published: 30th June 1984
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 29.7 x 21.0
Weight (kg): 1.31