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Impossible Choices

Jones, William Thomas (1984) Impossible Choices. Social Science Working Paper, 522. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA. (Unpublished)

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This paper was written for, and (in part) presented at, a symposium at McKenna College in which Mr. Calabresi took part. The paper begins with a discussion of a number of ambiguities in the treatment of choice in Calabresi and Bobbit's Tragic Choices and then proceeds to develop in two different, but I think complementary, directions. On the one hand, I use their shifts of position as an occasion, or opportunity, to work out what seems to me a more realistic account of how decision-makers choose among the alternatives they encounter. On the other hand, I suggest that the shifts of position that are visible at the surface of the argument are traceable to deeper tensions among the unstated, and perhaps not fully recognized, metaphysical presuppositions on which the argument rests.

Item Type:Report or Paper (Working Paper)
Additional Information:I am, once again, much indebted to Alan Schwartz and Bruce Cain for helpful comments.
Group:Social Science Working Papers
Series Name:Social Science Working Paper
Issue or Number:522
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Deposited By: Jacquelyn Bussone
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