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Fundamental Uncertainty

Rationality and Plausible Reasoning

  • Silva Marzetti Dall’Aste Brandolini
  • Roberto Scazzieri

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Silva Marzetti Dall’Aste Brandolini, Roberto Scazzieri
    Pages 1-22
  3. Henry E. Kyburg Jr.
    Pages 23-38
  4. Isaac Levi
    Pages 39-58
  5. Roberto Scazzieri
    Pages 73-103
  6. Alessandro Vercelli
    Pages 151-170
  7. Domenico Costantini, Ubaldo Garibaldi
    Pages 171-210
  8. John Allen Kregel, Eric Nasica
    Pages 272-293
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 331-348

About this book


This volume addresses the subject of uncertainty from the point of view of an extended conception of rationality. In particular, the contributions explore the premises and implications of plausible reasoning when probabilities are non-measurable or unknown, and when the space of possible events is only partially identified.


economics equilibrium John Maynard Keynes macroeconomics probability welfare

Editors and affiliations

  • Silva Marzetti Dall’Aste Brandolini
    • 1
  • Roberto Scazzieri
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BolognaItaly

About the editors

SILVA MARZETTI DALL'ASTE BRANDOLINI is Professor of Economics, University of Bologna, Italy. She has published, amongst other research papers, 'Il comportamento razionale del policy maker', Economia Politica,1998; 'Economic and Social Demand for Coastal Protection',Coastal Engineering, 2005 (co-authored); 'Happiness and Sustainability: A Modern Paradox', in L. Bruni and P. L. Porta (eds), Handbook on the Economics of Happiness, Cheltenham, U.K. and Northampton, Mass., 2007; 'Recreational Demand Functions for Different Categories of Beach Visitors', Tourism Economics, 2009. She has also edited (in collaboration with A. Pasquinelli), John Maynard Keynes, Trattato sulla probabilità (Italian translation of J. M. Keynes's A Treatise on Probability) and (in collaboration with R. Scazzieri), La probabilità in Keynes, Bologna, 1999.

ROBERTO SCAZZIERI is Professor of Economic Analysis, University of Bologna; Senior Member, Gonville and Caius College and Clare Hall, Cambridge. He won the St Vincent Prize for Economics, 1984 and the Linceo Prize for Economics, 2004. He has authored A Theory of Production. Tasks, Processes and Technical Practices, Oxford, 1993; co-edited Foundations of Economics. Structures of Inquiry and Economic Theory, Oxford, 1986; Production and Economic Dynamics, Cambridge, 1996; Knowledge, Social Institutions and the Division of Labour, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, US, 2001; Reasoning, Rationality and Probability, Stanford, 2008; The Migration of Ideas, Sagamore Beach, 2008; Markets, Money and Capital. Hicksian Economics for the 21st Century, Cambridge, 2008; and Capital, Time and Transitional Dynamics, London and New York, 2009.

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