econ 100 - Texte 2 The principle of rationality is more...

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Unformatted text preview: Texte 2 The principle of rationality is more easily defined by its functions than by its content. Each time we consider human behavior from the point of view of action, and more precisely of reason-based action, we apply the principle of rationality. Even before its study by scho- lars, it is pervasive in everyday relationships. It is the prose of social sciences unknowingly spoken by all the Mr Jourdain 1 of the world. When we adopt the principle in a given circumstance, we reject various assumptions like complete randomness, rigid conditioning, whimsical decision-making and unordered ideas; such is its function, negatively described. Philosophers of science grant it three positive functions: it is supposed to express and give foundations to the intelligibility, from a certain point of view, of observed behaviors. It defines indeed a certain mode of interpretation, among other conceivable ones, the rational interpretation. The intelligibility of behavior is the minimal result one might expect frominterpretation....
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