Evolution and Rationality : Decisions, Co-operation and Strategic Behaviour, Hardback Book

Evolution and Rationality : Decisions, Co-operation and Strategic Behaviour Hardback

Edited by Samir (University of Bristol) Okasha, Ken (University of Bristol) Binmore


This volume explores from multiple perspectives the subtle and interesting relationship between the theory of rational choice and Darwinian evolution.

In rational choice theory, agents are assumed to make choices that maximize their utility; in evolution, natural selection 'chooses' between phenotypes according to the criterion of fitness maximization.

So there is a parallel between utility in rational choice theory and fitness in Darwinian theory.

This conceptual link between fitness and utility is mirrored by the interesting parallels between formal models of evolution and rational choice.

The essays in this volume, by leading philosophers, economists, biologists and psychologists, explore the connection between evolution and rational choice in a number of different contexts, including choice under uncertainty, strategic decision making and pro-social behaviour.

They will be of interest to students and researchers in philosophy of science, evolutionary biology, economics and psychology.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 296 pages, 3 Tables, black and white; 3 Halftones, unspecified; 17 Line drawings, unspecified
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: Philosophy
  • ISBN: 9781107004993



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