Rationality in Economics: Alternative Perspectives

  • Ken Dennis

Part of the Recent Economic Thought Series book series (RETH, volume 62)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Ken Dennis
    Pages 1-4
  3. Irwin Lipnowski
    Pages 17-32
  4. Paul Krugman
    Pages 111-122
  5. Tibor Scitovsky
    Pages 137-146
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 147-149

About this book


Ideas linked to rational choice theory started to appear frequently in the economics literature in the 1960s and 1970s, but the attention given to rationality widened to include commentators presenting far-reaching appraisals and critiques. The literature grew to a steady flow and spanned diverse areas of thought including socialist and `rational-choice Marxist' assessments, and other approaches including institutional, sociological, psychological, ethical, choice-theoretical, strategic, and game-theoretical treatments of rationality.
This diversity of literature led to the creation of this volume. What does rationality mean? Was there some common core of meaning that held all of these seemingly disparate developments together, or were there discernable schools of thought with peculiarities that set them clearly apart from one another? The essays in this volume illustrate that diversity, and despite the variety of approaches there remains a common core of meaning that accommodates not so much a radically different set of concepts of rationality as a highly variegated array of methods and approaches to this subject. Contributors address topics of their choice on the concept of rationality in economics, and the selection of these contributors is meant to represent a variety of backgrounds and approaches.


Marx Rational Choice economics logic

Editors and affiliations

  • Ken Dennis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6037-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-4862-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-199X
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