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2005.38: Rationality as conformity

2005.38: Hykel Hosni (2005) Rationality as conformity. PhD thesis, University of Manchester.

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Abstract

We address the problem of characterizing the choice processes of two like-minded yet non-communicating agents who intend to select, from a finite set of options, the same possible world. Hence, we call the resulting framework “Rationality-as-conformity” Within the scope of our formalisation, in which a choice problem is defined on non-empty subset of maps from a finite set A to the binary set {0, 1}, we introduce and investigate three distinct logico-mathematical characterisations of Rationality-as- conformity. Finally, we discuss the applicability of our framework to problems such as pure coordination games and radical interpretation which are traditionally related to “rationality”.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rationality, reasons, coordination, choice functions, radical interpretation, selection of multiple-Nash equilibria, social choice.
Subjects:MSC 2000 > 03 Mathematical logic and foundations
MIMS number:2005.38
Deposited By:Dr Hykel Hosni
Deposited On:12 December 2005

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