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The modes of value (Decision theory)
KTH, Superseded Departments, History of Science and Technology.
2001 (English)In: Philosophical Studies, ISSN 0031-8116, E-ISSN 1573-0883, Vol. 104, no 1, 33-46 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Contrary to the received view, decision theory is not primarily devoted to instrumental (ends-to-means) reasoning. Instead, its major preoccupation is the derivation of ends from other ends. Given preferences over basic alternatives, it constructs preferences over alternatives that have been modified through the addition of value object modifiers (modes) that specify probability, uncertainty, distance in time etc. A typology of the decision-theoretical modes is offered. The modes do not have (even extrinsic) value, but they transform the value of objects to which they are applied. A rational agent's total set of preferences should be coherent, but from this it does not follow that her preferences over mode-containing objects have to be derivable from her preferences over mode-free objects.

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2001. Vol. 104, no 1, 33-46 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-20770ISI: 000169758900002OAI: diva2:339467
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