Theory and Decision Library A:

Preference Change

Approaches from philosophy, economics and psychology

Editors: Grüne-Yanoff, Till, Hansson, Sven Ove (Eds.)

  • This is the first book on preference change
  • Addresses an acute problem for philosophers and social scientists
  • Offers an interdisciplinary approach
  • Includes top-of-their-field contributors
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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.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Preference Change: An Introduction

    Grüne-Yanoff, Till (et al.)

    Pages 1-26

  • Three Analyses of Sour Grapes

    Hill, Brian

    Pages 27-56

  • For Better or for Worse: Dynamic Logics of Preference

    Benthem, Johan van

    Pages 57-84

  • Preference, Priorities and Belief

    Jongh, Dick de (et al.)

    Pages 85-107

  • Why the Received Models of Considering Preference Change Must Fail

    Spohn, Wolfgang

    Pages 109-121

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eBook $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-90-481-8506-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Preference Change
Book Subtitle
Approaches from philosophy, economics and psychology
Editors
  • Till Grüne-Yanoff
  • Sven Ove Hansson
Series Title
Theory and Decision Library A:
Series Volume
42
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-2593-7
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-2593-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-2592-0
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-8506-1
Series ISSN
0921-3384
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 266
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