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dc.contributor.authorKhalil, Elias L.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2007-01-15en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-05-14T11:16:38Z-
dc.date.available2010-05-14T11:16:38Z-
dc.date.issued2006en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/31838-
dc.description.abstractAdvocates of natural selection usually regard rationality as redundant, i.e., as a mere linguistic device to describe natural selection. But this “Redundancy Thesis” faces the anomaly that rationality differs from natural selection. One solution is to conceive rationality as a trait selected by the neo-Darwinian mechanism of natural selection as . But this “Rationality-qua-Trait Thesis” faces a problem as well: Following neo-Darwinism, one cannot classify one allele of, e.g., eyesight as better than another without reference to constraints—while one can classify rationality as better than irrationality irrespective of constraints. Therefore, natural selection cannot be a trait. This leads us to the only solution: Rationality is actually a method that cannot be reduced to a trait. This “Rationality-qua-Method Thesis” lays the ground for alternative, developmental views of evolution.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMax-Planck-Inst. für Ökonomik Jenaen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesPapers on economics and evolution 0622en_US
dc.subject.jelD0en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordRedundancy Thesisen_US
dc.subject.keywordrationality anomalyen_US
dc.subject.keywordRationality-qua-Trait Thesisen_US
dc.subject.keywordincoherence problemen_US
dc.subject.keywordRationality-qua-Methoden_US
dc.titleCharles Darwin meets Amoeba economicus: why natural selection cannot explain rationalityen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn522547753en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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