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Realistic Decision TheoryRules for Nonideal Agents in Nonideal Circumstances$
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Paul Weirich

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195171259

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2004

DOI: 10.1093/019517125X.001.0001

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Idealizations

Idealizations

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(p.31) Idealizations
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Realistic Decision Theory
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Paul Weirich (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019517125X.003.0003

An idealization fora principle is an assumption. The feature that distinguishes an idealization from a mere restriction is its role in explanations of the phenomenon the principle treats. The idealizations of normative decision principles control for factors in explanations of a decision’s rationality. In addition, meeting certain idealizations is itself a goal of rationality.

Keywords:   control of explanatory factors, explanation, goal of rationality, idealization, restriction

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