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Normal Rationality: Decisions and Social Order

Edna Ullmann-Margalit, Avishai Margalit, and Cass R. Sunstein


How do people proceed when they cannot act on the basis of reasons, or project likely consequences? How is social order possible? Ullmann-Margalit demonstrates that people have identifiable strategies for making difficult decisions, whether the question is small (what to buy at a supermarket) or big (whether to transform one’s life in some large-scale way). She also shows that social dilemmas are solved by norms; that invisible-hand explanations take two identifiable (and dramatically different) forms; that trust can emerge in seemingly unpromising situations; and that considerateness is the f ... More

Keywords: Rationality, social order, choosing, presumptions, invisible-hand explanations, considerateness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198802433
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198802433.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edna Ullmann-Margalit, author
formerly Professor of Philosophy, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Avishai Margalit, editor
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Cass R. Sunstein, editor
Harvard University

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Part I Decisions

1 Picking and Choosing

Edna Ullmann-Margalit

2 On Presumption

Edna Ullmann-Margalit

3 Second-Order Decisions

Edna Ullmann-Margalit

4 Big Decisions

Edna Ullmann-Margalit

5 On Not Wanting to Know

Edna Ullmann-Margalit

6 Holding True and Holding as True

Edna Ullmann-Margalit

Part II Social Order

7 Revision of Norms

Edna Ullmann-Margalit

8 Invisible-Hand Explanations

Edna Ullmann-Margalit

10 Solidarity in Consumption

Edna Ullmann-Margalit

11 Trust, Distrust, and In Between

Edna Ullmann-Margalit

13 Considerateness

Edna Ullmann-Margalit