Treating Rationality as a Continuous Variable

Society (2014) 51: 393-400

10 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2014

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

Date Written: August 6, 2014


Granted, Behavioral Economics has demonstrated that “people” (implying all) are unable to act as strong definitions of rationality assume. Their cognitive limitations are “hard wired”. However Behavioral Economics’ own data show that important segments of the population find “the” rational answer to choices posed to them. How do these findings square with the thesis that limitations are hard wired and universal? And, more attention should be paid to the extent to which various people deviate from the rational choice, and — whether training can improve performance despite the claim that flaws are hard wired.

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Etzioni, Amitai, Treating Rationality as a Continuous Variable (August 6, 2014). Society (2014) 51: 393-400. Available at SSRN:

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