Journal of Economic Methodology 22 (3):292-311 (2015)

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Mikael Cozic
Université Paris-Est Créteil
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Contemporary decision theory places crucial emphasis on a family of mathematical results called representation theorems, which relate criteria for evaluating the available options to axioms pertaining to the decision-maker’s preferences. Various claims have been made concerning the reasons for the importance of these results. The goal of this article is to assess their semantic role: representation theorems are purported to provide definitions of the decision-theoretic concepts involved in the evaluation criteria. In particular, this claim shall be examined from the perspective of philosophical theories of the meaning of theoretical terms
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