Chapter

Idealizations

Paul Weirich

in Realistic Decision Theory

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780195171259
Published online November 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780199834976 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019517125X.003.0003
 Idealizations

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An idealization fora principle is an assumption. The feature that distinguishes an idealization from a mere restriction is its role in explanations of the phenomenon the principle treats. The idealizations of normative decision principles control for factors in explanations of a decision’s rationality. In addition, meeting certain idealizations is itself a goal of rationality.

Keywords: control of explanatory factors; explanation; goal of rationality; idealization; restriction

Chapter.  13673 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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