Incommensurable alternatives and rational choice

Ratio 18 (3):249–261 (2005)
I consider the implications of incommensurability for the assumption, in rational choice theory, that a rational agent’s preferences are complete. I argue that, contrary to appearances, the completeness assumption and the existence of incommensurability are compatible. Indeed, reflection on incommensurability suggests that one’s preferences should be complete over even the incommensurable alternatives one faces
Keywords completeness  incommensurable alternatives  practical reason  rational choice
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9329.2005.00288.x
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