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    Collectives and epistemic rationality

    Hahn, Ulrike (2022) Collectives and epistemic rationality. Topics in Cognitive Science , ISSN 1756-8765. (In Press)

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    Abstract

    Consideration of collectives raises important questions about human rationality. This has long been known for questions about preferences, but it holds also with respect to beliefs. For one, there are contexts (such as voting) where we might care as much, or more, about the rationality of a collective than the rationality of the individuals it comprises. Here, a given standard may yield competing assessments at the individual and the collective level, thus giving rise to important normative questions. At the same time, seemingly rational strategies of individuals may have surprising consequences, or even fail, when exercised by individuals within collectives. This paper will illustrate these considerations with examples, provide an overview of different formal frameworks for understanding and assessing the beliefs of collectives, and it will illustrate how such frameworks can combine with simulations in order to elucidate epistemic norms.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Cognition, Computation and Modelling, Centre for
    Depositing User: Ulrike Hahn
    Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2022 13:22
    Last Modified: 16 Apr 2022 22:03
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/47674

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