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    Rational Behaviour and Bargaining Equilibrium in Games and Social Situations.John C. Harsanyi - 1977 - Cambridge University Press.
    This is a paperback edition of a major contribution to the field, first published in hard covers in 1977. The book outlines a general theory of rational behaviour consisting of individual decision theory, ethics, and game theory as its main branches. Decision theory deals with a rational pursuit of individual utility; ethics with a rational pursuit of the common interests of society; and game theory with an interaction of two or more rational individuals, each pursuing his own interests in a (...)
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  2. Cardinal welfare, individualistic ethics, and interpersonal comparisons of utility.John C. Harsanyi - 1955 - Journal of Political Economy 63 (4):309--321.
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  3. Essays on Ethics, Social Behavior, and Scientific Explanation.John C. Harsanyi - 1979 - Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale 84 (2):264-265.
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    Bayesian decision theory, rule utilitarianism, and Arrow's impossibility theorem.John C. Harsanyi - 1979 - Theory and Decision 11 (3):289-317.
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    Nonlinear social welfare functions.John C. Harsanyi - 1975 - Theory and Decision 6 (3):311-332.
  6. Bayesian decision theory, subjective and objective probabilities, and acceptance of empirical hypotheses.John C. Harsanyi - 1983 - Synthese 57 (3):341 - 365.
    It is argued that we need a richer version of Bayesian decision theory, admitting both subjective and objective probabilities and providing rational criteria for choice of our prior probabilities. We also need a theory of tentative acceptance of empirical hypotheses. There is a discussion of subjective and of objective probabilities and of the relationship between them, as well as a discussion of the criteria used in choosing our prior probabilities, such as the principles of indifference and of maximum entropy, and (...)
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    Acceptance of empirical statements: A Bayesian theory without cognitive utilities.John C. Harsanyi - 1985 - Theory and Decision 18 (1):1-30.
  8. Rule utilitarianism, rights, obligations and the theory of rational behavior.John C. Harsanyi - 1980 - Theory and Decision 12 (2):115-133.
    The paper first summarizes the author's decision-theoretical model of moral behavior, in order to compare the moral implications of the act-utilitarian and of the rule-utilitarian versions of utilitarian theory. This model is then applied to three voting examples. It is argued that the moral behavior of act-utilitarian individuals will have the nature of a noncooperative game, played in the extensive mode, and involving action-by-action maximization of social utility by each player. In contrast, the moral behavior of rule-utilitarian individuals will have (...)
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    Does reason tell us what moral code to follow and, indeed, to follow any moral code at all?John C. Harsanyi - 1985 - Ethics 96 (1):42-55.
  10. Ethics in terms of hypothetical imperatives.John C. Harsanyi - 1958 - Mind 67 (267):305-316.
  11. Rule Utilitarianism, Equality, and Justice.John C. Harsanyi - 1985 - Social Philosophy and Policy 2 (2):115-127.
    Utilitarianism and the Concept of Social UtilityIn this paper I propose to discuss the concepts ofequalityandjusticefrom a rule utilitarian point of view, after some comments on the rule utilitarian point of view itself.Let me start with the standard definitions.Act utilitarianismis the theory that a morally right action is one that in the existing situation will produce the highest expected social utility. (I am using the adjective “expected” in the sense of mathematical expectation.) In contrast,rule utilitarianismis the theory that a morally (...)
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  12. Problems with act-utilitarianism and with malevolent preferences.John C. Harsanyi - 1988 - In Douglas Seanor, N. Fotion & R. M. Hare (eds.), Hare and Critics: Essays on Moral Thinking. Oxford University Press. pp. 89--99.
     
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    Basic Moral Decisions and Alternative Concepts of Rationality.John C. Harsanyi - 1983 - Social Theory and Practice 9 (2-3):231-244.
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    Some Epistemological Advantages of a Rule Utilitarian Position in Ethics.John C. Harsanyi - 1982 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 7 (1):389-402.
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    The logical structure of philosophical errors.John C. Harsanyi - 2007 - Economics and Philosophy 23 (3):349-357.
    Philosophical errors are errors of a very peculiar nature.Obviously, errors occur in the different areas of science, as well as in everyday life. But these errors are sooner or later recognized and exposed, and – most importantly – once they are recognized and exposed, they are essentially rendered harmless, at least for those versed in the respective discipline. A false historical datum, an experimental error or a calculation mistake becomes indefensible as soon as it is noticed.
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    Notes on the so-called incompleteness problem and on the proposed alternative concept of rational behavior.John C. Harsanyi - 1972 - Theory and Decision 2 (4):342-352.
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    The tracing procedure: A self-correcting reasoning procedure.John C. Harsanyi - 1987 - Theory and Decision 23 (1):7-23.
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    Popper's Improbability Criterion for the Choice of Scientific Hypotheses.John C. Harsanyi - 1960 - Philosophy 35 (135):332 - 340.
    The publication in English of Karl R. Popper's The Logic of Scientific Discovery twenty-five years after the appearance of the German original, is an important event. At the time when many philosophers questioned the cognitive value of scientific hypotheses , Popper has shown how to reconcile the free use of bold explanatory hypotheses with an insistence on empirical testing. Many of Popper's views have now been accepted even by most of his earlier opponents, which is no small tribute to a (...)
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  19. On preferences, promises, and the coordination problem: Reply to Regan.John C. Harsanyi - 1985 - Ethics 96 (1):68-73.
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  20. Decisiones normativas en los campos de la ética, el estado y el derecho: ensayos en homenaje a Julian Barragán.Julia Barragán, John C. Harsanyi & Ruth Zimmerling (eds.) - 1999 - Caracas: Editorial Sentido.
     
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    Equality, responsibility, and justice as seen from a utilitarian perspective.John C. Harsanyi - 1991 - Theory and Decision 31 (2-3):141-158.
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    Funciones de bienestar social no lineales: una réplica al profesor Sen.John C. Harsanyi - 1996 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 5 (1).
    Comentaré sólo la sección 2 de la contribución de Amartya Sen, donde discute un reciente artículo mío (Harsanyi, 1975).
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    Game Theory, Experience, Rationality: Foundations of Social Sciences, Economics and Ethics in honor of John C. Harsanyi.John C. Harsanyi, Werner Leinfellner & Eckehart Köhler - 1998 - Springer Verlag.
    When von Neumann's and Morgenstern's Theory of Games and Economic Behavior appeared in 1944, one thought that a complete theory of strategic social behavior had appeared out of nowhere. However, game theory has, to this very day, remained a fast-growing assemblage of models which have gradually been united in a new social theory - a theory that is far from being completed even after recent advances in game theory, as evidenced by the work of the three Nobel Prize winners, John (...)
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    Mathematics, the empirical facts, and logical necessity.John C. Harsanyi - 1983 - Erkenntnis 19 (1-3):167 - 192.
    It is argued that mathematical statements are "a posteriori synthetic" statements of a very special sort, To be called "structure-Analytic" statements. They follow logically from the axioms defining the mathematical structure they are describing--Provided that these axioms are "consistent". Yet, Consistency of these axioms is an empirical claim: it may be "empirically verifiable" by existence of a finite model, Or may have the nature of an "empirically falsifiable hypothesis" that no contradiction can be derived from the axioms.
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    No Title available: Reviews.John C. Harsanyi - 1987 - Economics and Philosophy 3 (2):339-351.
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    Preferences and utilitarian theory: Some comments.John C. Harsanyi - 1978 - Erkenntnis 13 (1):397 - 399.
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  27. Rule utilitarianism, equality, and justice.John C. Harsanyi - 1985 - In Ellen Frankel Paul, Jeffrey Paul & Fred Dycus Miller (eds.), Ethics and economics. New York, N.Y.: [Published by] B. Blackwell for the Social Philosophy and Policy Center, Bowling Green State University.
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    Sneed on Rawls's theory of social institutions: Some comments.John C. Harsanyi - 1978 - Erkenntnis 13 (1):225 - 230.
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    The maximin principle.John C. Harsanyi - forthcoming - Contemporary Political Theory: A Reader.
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    Morals by Agreement, David Gauthier, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986, 297 pages. [REVIEW]John C. Harsanyi - 1987 - Economics and Philosophy 3 (2):339.