The limits of individualism are not the limits of rationality
UNSPECIFIED (2003) The limits of individualism are not the limits of rationality. BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES, 26 (2). 164-+. ISSN 0140-525XFull text not available from this repository.
Individualism fixes the unit of rational agency at the individual, creating problems exemplified in Hi-Lo and Prisoner's Dilemma (PD) games. But instrumental evaluation of consequences does not require a fixed individual unit. Units of agency can overlap, and the question of which unit should operate arises. Assuming a fixed individual unit is hard to justify: It is natural, and can be rational, to act as part of a group rather than as an individual. More attention should be paid to how units of agency are formed and selected: Are the local processes local or nonlocal? Do they presuppose the ability to understand other minds?
|Item Type:||Journal Item|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
|Journal or Publication Title:||BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES|
|Publisher:||CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS|
|Official Date:||April 2003|
|Number of Pages:||9|
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