Optimization and improvement [Book Review]

Philosophical Studies 148 (3):467 - 475 (2010)
Agents face serious obstacles to making optimal decisions. For instance, their cognitive limits stand in the way. John Pollock’s book, Thinking about Acting , suggests many ways of revising decision principles to accommodate human limits and to direct limited, artificial agents. The book’s main proposal is to replace optimization, or expected-utility maximization, with locally global planning. This essay describes optimization and locally global planning, and then argues that optimization among salient options has the virtues of locally global planning without certain drawbacks. Although it does not endorse locally global planning, it recommends that decision theory incorporate some of the book’s ideas about settling for improvements when optimization among all options is unrealistic.
Keywords Decisions  Expected utility  Optimization  Planning  Rationality  Satisficing
Categories (categorize this paper)
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 23,201
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Paul Weirich (1983). A Decision Maker's Options. Philosophical Studies 44 (2):175 - 186.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Paul Weirich (1985). Decision Instability. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 63 (4):465 – 472.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

25 ( #189,781 of 1,940,944 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

1 ( #457,798 of 1,940,944 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.