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Evolution and Rationality: Decisions, Co-Operation and Strategic Behaviour

edited by Samir Okasha and Ken Binmore
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
9781107004993 (pbk.), 1107004993 (pbk.)
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"This volume explores from multiple perspectives the subtle and interesting relationship between the theory of rational choice and Darwinian evolution. In rational choice theory, agents are assumed to make choices that maximize their utility; in evolution, natural selection 'chooses' between phenotypes according to the criterion of fitness maximization. So there is a parallel between utility in rational choice theory and fitness in Darwinian theory. This conceptual link between fitness and utility is mirrored by the interesting parallels between formal models of evolution and rational choice. The essays in this volume, by leading philosophers, economists, biologists and psychologists, explore the connection between evolution and rational choice in a number of different contexts, including choice under uncertainty, strategic decision making and pro-social behaviour. They will be of interest to students and researchers in philosophy of science, evolutionary biology, economics and psychology"--
  • Introduction / Samir Okasha and Ken Binmore
  • Towards a Darwinian theory of decision making: games and the biological roots of behavior / Peter Hammerstein
  • What do humans maximize? / Claire El Mouden, Maxwell Burton-Chellew, Andy Gardner, and Stuart A. West
  • Natural selection and rational decisions / Alasdair I. Houston
  • Evolution, dynamics and rationality: the limits of ESS methodology / Simon M. Huttegger and Kevin J.S. Zollman
  • Are rational actor models 'rational' outside small worlds? / Henry Brighton and Gerd Gigerenzer
  • Pull, push or both? Indirect evolution in economics and beyond / Siegfried Berninghaus, Werner Güth and Hartmut Kliemt
  • Schelling formalized: strategic choices of non-rational behaviour / David H. Wolpert and Julian Jamison
  • Human cooperation and reciprocity / Jack Vromen
  • Team reasoning, framing and cooperation / Natalie Gold
  • An evolutionary perspective on the unification of the behavioral sciences / Herbert Gintis
  • From fitness to utility / Kim Sterelny.
x, 281 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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