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Hardcover | Out of Print | 171 pp. | 5.9 x 8.9 in | October 1986 | ISBN: 9780262031226
Paperback | $5.75 X | £4.95 | 171 pp. | 5.9 x 8.9 in | March 1990 | ISBN: 9780262530873
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Minimal Rationality


In Minimal Rationality, Christopher Cherniak boldly challenges the myth of Man the the Rational Animal and the central role that the "perfectly rational agent" has had in philosophy, psychology, and other cognitive sciences, as well as in economics. His book presents a more realistic theory based on the limits to rationality which can play a similar generative role in the human sciences, and it seeks to determine the minimal rationality an actual agent must possess.Christopher Cherniak teaches in the Philosophy Department at the University of Maryland.


“Christopher Cherniak's book is a strikingly original and substantial project, sure to be the focus of respectful attention both inside and outside philosophy. Cherniak's forcefully argued, ingenious, and crisply structured account of 'the deductive inference abilities required of a minimally rational agent' challenges a major tradition in the most constructive way: by offering a well-thought-out alternative.”
Daniel C. Dennett, Tufts University