M. Augier and J. G. March (eds): Models of a man: Essays in memory of Herbert Simon [Book Review]

Minds and Machines 16 (2):221-224 (2006)
Herbert Simon (1916–2001) was definitely 20th century’s most influential proponent of bounded rationality. His work was of a highly philosophical nature, but—as made clear time and again in this book—his ideas did not originate in philosophy at all. If the present collection of essays has any value to the philosophically oriented reader, it lies in the way it shows how a traditionally philosophical topic as human rationality and action cannot be claimed by philosophy alone. Even more, it shows that important contributions to the issue were made in a highly applied context. Therefore, even if Models of a Man: Essays in Memory of Herbert Simon is all but a philosophy textbook (only one contribution is by a ‘professional philosopher’), it is of interest to anyone taking Simon’s influence in philosophy seriously.
Keywords Computer Science   Systems Theory, Control   Interdisciplinary Studies   Philosophy of Mind   Artificial Intelligence
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DOI 10.1007/s11023-006-9026-2
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