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Playing by the RulesA Philosophical Examination of Rule-Based Decision-Making in Law and in Life$
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Frederick Schauer

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198258315

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198258315.001.0001

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Decision-making by Entrenched Generalization

Decision-making by Entrenched Generalization

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Playing by the Rules


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This chapter examine the distinction between particularistic and rule-based decision making. It analyses the suboptimality of rules and suggests that this account rejects the arguments about the extensional equivalence between particularistic and rule-based decision making procedures. It compares this account of rules with several others, including the rule-sensitive particularism found in the act-consequentialist literature and the analysis offered by Joseph Raz.

Keywords:   suboptimality, particularism, extensional equivalence, Joseph Raz

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