What is it about?

The considerations relevant to an option's evaluation are its possible consequences. A type of utility that focuses on an option's consequences promotes efficiency in decision-making. This book introduces this type of utility and argues for the method of evaluation it employs using points about the independence or separability of considerations.

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Why is it important?

Rationality regulates both an agent's decisions and the agent's methods of reaching those decisions. It requires efficiency in reaching decisions.


Explaining the rationality of decisions is a major philosophical task. It goes beyond representing decisions as following principles concerning utility. This book contributes to normative decision theory by deepening accounts of the grounds of rational choices.

Professor Paul Weirich
University of Missouri Columbia

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This page is a summary of: Models of Decision-Making, January 2015, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/cbo9781139939515.
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