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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 24.222 (Spring 2008) 
  • Course Title:
  • Decisions, Games, and Rational Choice 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Linguistics and Philosophy 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Robert Stalnaker 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 24.222 Decisions, Games, and Rational Choice

    Spring 2008

    Course Highlights

    24.222 Decisions, Games, and Rational Choice

    Spring 2008

    A diagram of a simple 2-person game in normal form.
    An example of a simple 2-person game in normal form. The numbers in each cell represent the respective utilities of the players. (Image by MIT OpenCourseWare.)

    Course Description

    Foundations and philosophical applications of Bayesian decision theory, game theory and theory of collective choice. Why should degrees of belief be probabilities? Is it always rational to maximize expected utility? If so, why and what is its utility? What is a solution to a game? What does a game-theoretic solution concept such as Nash equilibrium say about how rational players will, or should, act in a game? How are the values and the actions of groups, institutions and societies related to the values and actions of the individuals that constitute them?

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