Group rationality in scientific research / Husain Sarkar.

Sarkar, Husain [Browse]
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
xv, 284 pages ; 24 cm


Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. 267-274) and indexes.
  • The overview
  • The plan of the book
  • Group to individual, or vice vera?
  • The Williams problem and utopias
  • Group rationality : a unique problem
  • Not an evolution problem
  • Not a game theory problem
  • Ramsey and group rationality
  • The problem explored : Sen's way
  • Consistency, ordering, and rationality
  • Other notions of rationality and scientific welfare
  • The sen-problems of group rationality
  • The problem defined
  • The skeptical view
  • The democratic councils
  • No covenant, a tale
  • Multiply, multiply, multiply
  • Positive arguments
  • Negative arguments
  • The route to the goal
  • The subjectivist view I
  • Individuals, group, and goals
  • Divisions and discrepancies
  • A society of ruthless egoists
  • Theory choice
  • Problems and a paradox
  • The subjectivist view II
  • Values and individuals
  • Group transitions and risk distribution
  • History, values, and representative groups
  • Negotiations in the scientists' original position
  • The city of man?
  • The objectivist view
  • Two objectivist problems
  • Toward the best available method
  • The best available method
  • Is the single method sufficient?
  • A new problem of demarcation
  • Illustration : the herbalist tradition
  • The scare of Saint-Simon
  • Putnam, individual rationality, and Peirce's puzzle
  • Democracy and group rationality
  • Moral images, scientific images
  • Method, historical knowledge, and reason
  • Peirce's puzzle
  • Ultimately, relativism?
  • What lies at Bedrock
  • The nine problems
  • The problem, the common aim of science, and the basic structure
  • The council, reasoning, and allegiance
  • The universal law of rationality, the worth of science and utopias.
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  • 0521871131 ((hardback))
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