Abstract rationality: The 'logical' structure of attitudes

Dietrich, Franz, Staras, Antonios and Sugden, Robert (2024) Abstract rationality: The 'logical' structure of attitudes. Economics and Philosophy, 40 (1). pp. 12-41. ISSN 0266-2671

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We present an abstract model of rationality that focuses on structural properties of attitudes. Rationality requires coherence between your attitudes, such as your beliefs, values and intentions. We define three 'logical' conditions on attitudes: consistency, completeness and closedness. They parallel the familiar logical conditions on beliefs, but contrast with standard rationality conditions such as preference transitivity. We establish a formal correspondence between our logical conditions and standard rationality conditions. Addressing John Broome's programme 'rationality through reasoning', we formally characterize how you can (not) become more logical by reasoning. Our analysis connects rationality with logic, and enables logical talk about multi-attitude psychology.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: rationality requirements,reasoning,broome,rationality,attitudes,choice theory,logic,economics, econometrics and finance(all),economics and econometrics,philosophy ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2000
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Competition Policy
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Behavioural Economics
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Economic Theory
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Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2023 14:52
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 18:14
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/91590
DOI: 10.1017/S0266267123000020


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