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Decision Theory
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[German Version]

is the systematic investigation of the conditions of rational action. Here, decision means the choice between several alternative actions. The meaning of the rationality of a decision is defined in the so-called theory of rational choice. The condition is an actor whose objective is to fulfill his own preferences. Rationality consists, on the one hand, in the systematic ordering of the preferences, on the other, in the choice of the most effective means to attain the fulfillment of these p…

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Andersen, Svend, “Decision Theory”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 02 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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