Decision Making: A Rational or Irrational Process?

Dates:March 17 - April 21, 2021
Meets:W from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, 6 sessions
Hours:9.00
Location:Online Zoom
Instructor:José López-González
Fee: $158.00

Wed., Mar. 17-Apr. 21, 7:00-8:30 p.m. EST

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Course Description

Be they small or big, simple or complex, we are constantly making decisions every waking hour of our lives. But, are our decisions rational or irrational? Are they always made in our best interests? In this course, at the intersection of philosophy, cognitive psychology, and economics, we will explore the current "Debate on Rationality" - that is, how much irrationality to attribute to human cognition? We discuss various theories explaining how we make decisions and why some turn out to be desirable and others undesirable. And, of course, the great question: "Are we rational?" Texts we will use and discuss include Gerd Gigerenzer's Risk Savvy: How to Make Good Decisions (Penguin) and Keith E. Stanovich's Decision Making and Rationality in the Modern World (Oxford).