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Bounded Thinking: Intellectual virtues for limited agents

Adam Morton


The book describes virtues of limitation management, intellectual virtues of adapting to the fact that we cannot solve many problems that we can easily describe. How to be profitably stupid. It argues that we do give one another guidance on managing our limitations, but that this has to be in terms of virtues and not of rules, and in terms of success—knowledge and accomplishment—rather than rationality. So there is the beginning of a taxonomy of intellectual virtues. These include ‘paradoxical virtues’, that sound like vices, such as the virtue of ignoring evidence and the virtue of not thinki ... More

Keywords: virtue, intellectual, bounded, rationality, paradox, dynamic choice, intelligence, limitation, actualism, possibilism, limitation-management, epistemology, norm, knowledge, accomplishment, externalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199658534
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658534.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam Morton, author
University of British Columbia