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dc.contributor.authorKhalil, Elias L.en_US
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.publisher|aMax-Planck-Inst. für Ökonomik |cJenaen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries|aPapers on economics and evolution |x0622en_US
dc.subject.keywordRedundancy Thesisen_US
dc.subject.keywordrationality anomalyen_US
dc.subject.keywordRationality-qua-Trait Thesisen_US
dc.subject.keywordincoherence problemen_US
dc.titleCharles Darwin meets Amoeba economicus: why natural selection cannot explain rationalityen_US
dc.type|aWorking Paperen_US

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