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Gigerenzer’s evolutionary arguments against rational choice theory: an assessment

Schulz, Armin (2011) Gigerenzer’s evolutionary arguments against rational choice theory: an assessment. Philosophy of Science, 78 (5). pp. 1272-1282. ISSN 0031-8248

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I critically discuss a recent innovation in the debate surrounding the plausibility of rational choice theory (RCT): the appeal to evolutionary theory. Specifically, I assess Gigerenzer and colleagues’ claim that considerations based on natural selection show that, instead of making decisions in a RCT-like way, we rely on ‘simple heuristics’. As I try to make clearer here, though, Gigerenzer and colleagues’ arguments are unconvincing: we lack the needed information about our past to determine whether the premises on which they are built are true—and, hence, we cannot tell whether they, in fact, speak against RCT.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Philosophy of Science Association
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2011 11:04
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2024 00:27

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