Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

From rationality to coordination

Paul Weirich a1

a1 Philosophy Department, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211


Game theory's paradoxes stimulate the study of rationality. Sometimes they motivate the revising of standard principles of rationality. Other times they call for revising applications of those principles or introducing supplementary principles of rationality. I maintain that rationality adjusts its demands to circumstances, and in ideal games of coordination it yields a payoff-dominant equilibrium.