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Rational Choice
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denotes a choice of behavior that leads to a chosen external target situation, better (more economically, more securely, with no, or fewer, unwanted side-effects) than other forms of behavior that could have been chosen at the same time. Such rationality of choice is related to the actor’s knowledge (of facts and rules), and to ethical convictions (e.g. excluding a goal attained by behavior that uses other persons only as means, not also as end in themselves [I. Kant]). Judgment of the rationality (IV) of a choice of behavior presupposes the choosing of the ta…

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Herms, Eilert, “Rational Choice”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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