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Preference Change

Approaches from philosophy, economics and psychology

  • First book on preference change

  • Addresses acute problem for philosophers and social scientists

  • Interdisciplinary approach

  • Top-of-their-field contributors

Part of the book series: Theory and Decision Library A: (TDLA, volume 42)

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Preference Change: An Introduction

    • Till Grüne-Yanoff, Sven Ove Hansson
    Pages 1-26
  3. Three Analyses of Sour Grapes

    • Brian Hill
    Pages 27-56
  4. Preference, Priorities and Belief

    • Dick de Jongh, Fenrong Liu
    Pages 85-107
  5. Exploitable Preference Changes

    • F. McClennen Edward
    Pages 123-137
  6. From Belief Revision to Preference Change

    • Till Grüne-Yanoff, Sven Ove Hansson
    Pages 159-184
  7. The Ethics of Nudge

    • Luc Bovens
    Pages 207-219
  8. Preference Kinematics

    • Richard Bradley
    Pages 221-242
  9. Back Matter

    Pages 261-266

About this book

The fact that preferences change is a pressing but unresolved problem for philosophy and the social sciences. Social scientists use preferences to explain agents’ behaviour; philosophers use preferences to explicate value judgements. A lot of empirical research is invested into identifying people’s preferences. However, the success of these endeavours is seriously threatened, because precise accounts of when and why preferences change are lacking.

This volume answers to this need by collecting new essays from an interdisciplinary group of experts in the field. These essays, especially written for this volume, survey the newest approaches to preference change developed in the social sciences and in philosophy, and will serve as a platform for future research. They review some standard material, including the neoclassical preference model and doxastic preference change, time preferences and the debate over policy evaluation under preference change. However, the focus is on new research that is not widely known, such as conditional utilities, non-monotonic logics, complex systems models, inter-temporal choice approaches, etc.

The book serves three purposes. It introduces undergraduate students to the current state of research on preference change, it gives graduate students and researchers in-depth insights into the state-of-the-art modelling techniques of different disciplines; and it points out to experts the lacunae in the literature and directions for future research.

Keywords

  • Conditional Utility
  • Dynamic Choice
  • Intertemporal deliberation
  • Preference Change
  • Preferences
  • Utilitarianism
  • ethics
  • logic

Editors and Affiliations

  • Helsinki Collegium of Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland

    Till Grüne-Yanoff

  • Division of Philosophy, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

    Sven Ove Hansson

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 139.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-90-481-2593-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 179.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 179.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)