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Preference Change

Approaches from philosophy, economics and psychology

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This text covers the latest approaches in philosophy and the social sciences to understanding preference change. It reviews standard material but focuses on new research such as conditional utilities, non-monotonic logic and complex systems models.


Titel: Preference Change
Autoren/Herausgeber: Till Grüne-Yanoff, Sven Ove Hansson (Hrsg.)
Aus der Reihe: Theory and Decision Library A
Ausgabe: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2009

ISBN/EAN: 9789048185061

Seitenzahl: 266
Format: 23,5 x 15,5 cm
Produktform: Taschenbuch/Softcover
Gewicht: 433 g
Sprache: Englisch

Changing preferencesis a phenomenonoften invoked but rarely properlyaccounted for. Throughout the history of the social sciences, researchers have come against the possibility that their subjects’ preferenceswere affected by the phenomenato be explainedor by otherfactorsnot taken into accountin the explanation.Sporadically, attempts have been made to systematically investigate these in uences, but none of these seems to have had a lasting impact. Today we are still not much further with respect to preference change than we were at the middle of the last century. This anthology hopes to provide a new impulse for research into this important subject. In particular, we have chosen two routes to amplify this impulse. First, we stress the use of modellingtechniquesfamiliar from economicsand decision theory. Instead of constructing complex, all-encompassing theories of preference change, the authors of this volume start with very simple, formal accounts of some possible and hopefully plausible mechanism of preference change. Eventually, these models may nd their way into larger, empirically adequate theories, but at this stage, we think that the most importantwork lies in building structure.Secondly,we stress the importance of interdisciplinary exchange. Only by drawing together experts from different elds can the complex empirical and theoretical issues in the modelling of preference change be adequately investigated.

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