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Self-Control, Decision Theory, and Rationality
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José Luis Bermúdez, Johanna Thoma, Martin Peterson, Peter Vallentyne, Paul Weirich, Arif Ahmed, Leonard Green, Joel Myerson, Howard Rachlin, Chrisoula Andreou, Alfred R. Mele, Natalie Gold, Kenny Easwaran, Reuben Stern
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  • Date Published: December 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108420099

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  • Thinking about self-control takes us to the heart of practical decision-making, human agency, motivation, and rational choice. Psychologists, philosophers, and decision theorists have all brought valuable insights and perspectives on how to model self-control, on different mechanisms for achieving and strengthening self-control, and on how self-control fits into the overall cognitive and affective economy. Yet these different literatures have remained relatively insulated from each other. Self-Control, Decision Theory, and Rationality brings them into dialog by focusing on the theme of rationality. It contains eleven newly written essays by a distinguished group of philosophers, psychologists, and decision theorists, together with a substantial introduction, collectively offering state-of-the-art perspectives on the rationality of self-control and the different mechanisms for achieving it.

    • All the essays are newly written by a distinguished group of philosophers, psychologists, and decision theorists
    • The book is interdisciplinary in focus and thematically unified
    • Includes a comprehensive introduction by the editor
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    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108420099
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    General introduction José Luis Bermúdez
    1. Temptation and preference-based rationality Johanna Thoma
    2. Self-prediction and self-control Martin Peterson and Peter Vallentyne
    3. Rational plans Paul Weirich
    4. Self-control and hyperbolic discounting Arif Ahmed
    5. Preference reversals, delay discounting, rational choice, and the brain Leonard Green and Joel Myerson
    6. In what sense are addicts irrational? Howard Rachlin
    7. Why temptation? Chrisoula Andreou
    8. Frames, rationality, and self-control José Luis Bermúdez
    9. Exercising self-control: an apparent problem resolved Alfred R. Mele
    10. Putting willpower into decision theory: the person as a team over time Natalie Gold
    11. The many ways to achieve diachronic unity Kenny Easwaran and Reuben Stern.

  • Editor

    José Luis Bermúdez, Texas A & M University
    José Luis Bermúdez is Professor of Philosophy at Texas A & M University.

    Contributors

    José Luis Bermúdez, Johanna Thoma, Martin Peterson, Peter Vallentyne, Paul Weirich, Arif Ahmed, Leonard Green, Joel Myerson, Howard Rachlin, Chrisoula Andreou, Alfred R. Mele, Natalie Gold, Kenny Easwaran, Reuben Stern

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