The General Will, Group Decision Theory, and Indeterminacy

Risse, Mathias (2003) The General Will, Group Decision Theory, and Indeterminacy. In: Pre-Proceedings of the 26th International Wittgenstein Symposium. Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, Kirchberg am Wechsel, pp. 295-297.


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Rousseau"s Social Contract asks how individuals can live together without losing their freedom: Is there "a form of association which defends and protects with all common forces the person and goods of each associate,� Rousseau wonders, �and by means of which each one, while uniting with all, nevertheless obeys only himself and remains as free as before� (I.6)? Rousseau wrote at the dawn of a golden age of reflection on group rationality. The last 50 years also witnessed a dramatic increase in understanding of formal aspects of group rationality. Yet curiously, we understand the mathematics of social choice better than its philosophy. But first let me continue with Rousseau for a bit.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Group Decision Theory; Bayesian Aggregation; Borda, J-C; Condorcet; Rousseau, J.;
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Epistemologie, Wissenschaftstheorie, Naturphilosophie
Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Wittgenstein Symposium Kirchberg, Pre-Proceedings > Kirchberg 2003
Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Gesellschaftsphilosophie, politische Philosophie, Rechtsphilosophi
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2008 08:18
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:52

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