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Thinking about Acting: Logical Foundations for Rational Decision Making

John L. Pollock


This book aims to construct a theory of rational decision making for real agents—not ideal agents. Real agents have limited cognitive powers, but traditional theories of rationality have applied only to idealized agents that lack such constraints. The book argues that theories of ideal rationality are largely irrelevant to the decision making of real agents. This book aims to provide a theory of “real rationality”.

Keywords: rational decision making, real agents, cognitive powers, theories of rationality, ideal rationality, real rationality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195304817
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304817.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John L. Pollock, author
University of Arizona