On Arrow’s Theorem and Scientific Rationality: Reply to Morreau and Stegenga

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Abstract

In a recent article I compared the problem of theory choice, in which scientists must choose between competing theories, with the problem of social choice, in which society must choose between competing social alternatives. I argued that the formal machinery of social choice theory can be used to shed light on the problem of theory choice in science, an argument that has been criticized by Michael Morreau and Jacob Stegenga. This article replies to Morreau’s and Stegenga’s criticisms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-294
Number of pages16
JournalMind
Volume124
Issue number493
Early online date15 Jan 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • rationality, theory choice, social choice, Arrow's theorem
  • theory choice
  • social choice
  • Arrow's theorem

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