Article ID: CBB001553024

Simon and the Sirens: A Commentary (2015)


Daston, Lorraine J. (Author)

Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Volume: 106, no. 3
Issue: 3
Pages: 669-676

Publication Date: 2015
Edition Details: Part of a Series: Bounded Rationality and the History of Science
Language: English

Even in its extended usage, the concept of bounded rationality bears the birthmark of its origins in economics. First and most obviously, it is about seeking the most efficient (not necessarily the best) means toward a given end, whether that is curing patients or proving theorems. Second, the means are whittled down to the most parsimonious possible, not only acknowledging cognitive limitations but actually imposing them, whether in the form of Morgan's canon, Methodist agnosticism about causes, or Entscheidungsproblem-like restrictions on the acceptable formulation of mathematical proofs. Third, these parsimonious restrictions all tend to minimize the role of reasonable deliberation in rationality, albeit in different ways. As an object of inquiry for the history of science, bounded rationality has great promise. But as a model of the history of science, as one long exercise in bounded rationality, its utility may apply more to future than past science.

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Article Cowles, Henry M.; Deringer, William Peter; Dick, Stephanie; Webster, Colin (2015) Introduction: Bounded Rationality and the History of Science. Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 621-622). unapi

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Maas, Harro
Allen, James
Robert, Olivier
Gryglewski, Ryszard W.
Maifreda, Germano
Haaparanta, Leila
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences Humaines
Kwartalnik Historii Nauki i Techniki
Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences
Oxford University Press
University of Illinois at Chicago
Fordham University Press
Franco Angeli
History of medicine, as a discipline
Probability and statistics
Jevons, William Stanley
Comte, Auguste
Mill, John Stuart
Frege, Gottlob
Husserl, Edmund
Peirce, Charles Sanders
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